Stoel Rives Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stoel Rives full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, a good work environment, free soda/coffee, sometimes a raffle for Moda Center box seats, most people have been in their positions 5+ years some 30+, really a great place.

    Cons

    Limited raises make it hard not to look for greener pastures. While I haven't found any greener ones they are definitely getting fertilized elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Innovative marketing and business development professionals - look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stoel Rives

    Pros

    Stoel provided the opportunity to take on projects that weren't in the job description. If something interested you and it could benefit the law firm, it was supported.

    Cons

    One major downfall is the lack of confidence and innovation from attorneys. Although a "staff member" was able to explore new ideas, etc. it was very unlikely that an attorney would engage in this information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To all attorneys. If you are going to continue to have business development and marketing department, its best to listen to their advice - particularly because they are the experts in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Rules of Engagement Apply

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stoel Rives

    Pros

    The majority of the lawyers are truly fine people and brilliant lawyers. I feel fortunate to work with such an intelligent and hardworking group. The firm is small, which is nice. You get to work with a lot of different people. The clients are absolutely amazing and make coming to work every day worthwhile.

    Cons

    Ten people (or so) make all of the money. All management decisions revolve around this dependency and are aligned with it. This alignment sometimes because misaligned especially when it comes to decisions regarding the administrative staff. The staff are often paid lip-service or left hanging when important decisions need to be made. If the decisions involve staff and money, it can be like pulling teeth to push something forward. It can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff. We are here to help you and make your jobs easier, as well as make the clients happier and more satisfied.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Wonderful place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stoel Rives

    Pros

    Great benefits. People who get it.

    Cons

    There is a low ceiling in some departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Robust Benefits; Poor Food Chain

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    Former Employee - Administration in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Administration in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Stoel Rives full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefit package is really great, and for an LLP they offer a great administrative structure. Although sometimes weak, frequent attempts are made by leaders to motivate and engage the staff. There is a lot of opportunity in some positions, others are likely "for life." This is great for people who want to do the same job for years and years but if you want to move up in the ranks, go to law school. The talent is amazing, and the associates and partners are the best of the best. With that comes high standards, and that means you work hard.

    Cons

    Like most law firms, it is about the attorneys, as it should be. But without those 2 letters behind your name, there won't be much respect given. I think this is a common attitude in law firms, but if you're not billing hours, you're not really that important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with the staff of what is happening and handle abrupt policy changes with more finesse.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Excellent training for junior attorneys.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Stoel Rives full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, flexibility, training, diverse client base of small and large companies, excellent regional reputation.

    Cons

    Top heavy management, limited collaboration across offices, high turnover in professional staff tasked with attorney development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Toxic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Stoel Rives full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money, free bus ride, view.

    Cons

    It is a very exclusive, toxic work environment. Attorneys and management looking for any way to buy their beach house. Department meetings are nothing but a forum for the partners to stretch their egos. If their clients knew what went on, they would take their business elsewhere. Absolutely no chance to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your partners to the same standards as your staff, i.e. Member of the human race.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Good People

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stoel Rives full-time

    Pros

    Quality colleagues and interesting work

    Cons

    Leadership is not very transparent

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Okay Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stoel Rives

    Pros

    Bright who care about the environment.

    Cons

    The business model of the partnership needs more thoughtful consideration when making decisions that affect the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people, great challenges, freedom to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Stoel Rives full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. Management has afforded me the opportunity to make my own path. I work with intelligent people who have the same drive and direction as me.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management does a great job looking out for the individual. They work hard to make sure each person is treated with respect. The work/life balance is fantastic.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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