Snell & Wilmer

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Snell & Wilmer Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
16 Reviews

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16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Lasting and stable environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits such as time off, health benefits and flexable. Company encourges employees to spend time with family.Company history is neat and continues through the years.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are lackying a bit. There really isn't room for advancement within the company. Once you are in your posistion, you pretty much stay or have to move on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    My first position in a law firm was a good experience and I am grateful for the opportunity.

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    Former Employee - File Clerk  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - File Clerk in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Snell & Wilmer has a calm working environment. The staff are hard-working, collegial and dedicated to excellent work.

    Cons

    A handful of attorneys hold themselves separate from administrative staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Can be great--but all depends on your practice group

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    When assigned to a healthy practice group, meaning one with plenty of work and nice attorneys, it can be a very positive professional growth experience. For most of my career there, that was the case. I was paid well, my time was flexible and I worked from home now and then. Overall this firm is one of very smart and very hard working professionals.

    Cons

    Highly political. You will never get a straight, truthful answer from administration--just the company line. The paralegal administrator and her immediate staff are a tight clique who look out for their own backs first, but give the impression they advocate for paralegals. Very misleading. Also, it is up to each paralegal to hunt down their own work in order to make their annual billable requirement. This is horribly stressful and puts paralegals in competition with one another. Two major layoffs in the last five years tells me the company is not as healthy as they want others to believe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm is in dire need of improvements in morale and attention to the declining office culture. Many attorneys are too stuck up to even speak when spoken to in the halls or an elevator. Older and younger ones both do this and they need to get over themselves and use some manners. Executive Committee is so terribly out of touch with the real people who work there and keep that place running. Culture and values have taken a real dive in the last five years.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best place to work in a difficult field!

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal

    Pros

    S&W challenges their paralegals to be the best they can be. They treat them with respect and professionalism that is hard to find in other law firms, not just big firms. They have annual retreats for the paralegals that give them a chance to meet others in the different offices that we may communicate with but never see. Paralegals are encouraged to be part of their local bar divisions as well as participate in pro bono activities with the attorneys. I felt like a valued member of the team and had a lot of opportunities to work with a variety of attorneys and travel among the different offices. As a paralegal, it was also a pro to have Meredith Larabee as our liaison with the executive committee. Great benefits (health, 401k, bonuses), nice buildings to work in, fun summer events and Christmas events, great opportunities for community service.

    Cons

    A lot of politics that have to be navigated through. Also, paralegals are not really encouraged to work together or support one another, instead at times it can feel like a competition. Some of the attorneys do not treat any non-attorney well, which makes for awkward positions when you are attempting to complete projects. There was a good outlet with Meredith, but with so many offices it is difficult, at times, to work through issues that present themselves. Some of the staff does not act professional among themselves, which can make for a tense work place. Another con would be the amount of hours worked to meet expectations doesn't allow for a lot of flexibility to balance between work and home life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a liasion for the paralegals in each of the offices that works with Meredith to insure that the paralegals are treated well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent employer

    Former Employee - Paralegal Assistant  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal Assistant in Costa Mesa, CA

    Pros

    Training, Benefits, etc. People were a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Just a number in the end.

  7.  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Legal Secrtary  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secrtary in Costa Mesa, CA

    Pros

    PTO was the best thing.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other firms of similar size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the common link when dealing with problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generous Paid Time Off and Vacation

    Cons

    No, none at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The pay is really good. They work you to the bone.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Associate in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Pay, Prestige, Looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    No life outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat associates like humans, remember we have families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Okay if you understand your place in the hierarchy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Profit sharing
    Sick time policy
    36.25 hour work week

    Cons

    Staff is treated as dispensable. The attorneys are treated with kit gloves while the staff is pretty much ignored. Like others have mentioned the management is very secretive. You never feel 100% secure with your position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the staff as part of the team, as opposed to being the hired help. Treat people with respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No better no worse

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Pays larger portion of health insurance premium.

    Cons

    Typical corporate structure for decision making; inexperienced people promoted to administration.

    No opinion of CEO

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