Venable LLP

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Venable LLP Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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2.3 6 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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James L. Shea

(2 ratings)

25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Life as an LAA

    Legal Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsI did get a vacation package as an experienced professional when I was hired. Some of the staff and attorneys are wonderful. Great location.

    ConsTerrible culture among management that trickles down, no value in their staff, all for themselves type atmosphere, benefits and pay scale are not competitive for the size firm, terrible policies for staff, poor technology and resources

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to the quality of technology and equipment to improve the productivity and quality of work product, invest more value into support staff and benefits

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Glad I'm gone

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA few very nice, decent people. Some attractive associates. Probably room to move up as partners with business development skills average around 70 years of age.

    ConsSeem to hire female associates based on attractiveness which then causes partners to fight with each other over their use. A mid level of partners who can't develop business but because the firm has an institutional stable feel like they are kings of the world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMerger and don't try to be the equal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't be fooled during interview. Ask questions!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery good client base and seem willing and pay decent salaries.

    ConsWOW! for a firm that says they were the first law firm with a website, times sure have changed. The telecommunications sytems are antiquated and no-one seems to want to upgrade anything. The attorney's basically stay to themselves and have no people skills even with their co-workers. Quite a number of employees need to be sent packing for lack of knowledge of systems and technology.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend a little money on hardware and software communications to attract better potential employees. Learn to speak to your co-workers. After all, we are co-workers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice offices and slightly funky clothes for a big firm doesn't hide the major male domination.

    Business Development Specialist (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat opportunities for male lawyers.

    ConsFemales seem to always be slighted despite the marketing team's efforts to make the firm seem equitable. Also not much racial diversity. Counting the custodial staff in various stats doesn't make the place more female or minority friendly for lawyers. Sure it's integrated if you want to wash the toilets. But with a law degree and student loans that may not be practicable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fair

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsDecent work. Some very good clients.

    ConsManagement seems disorganized, naiive and without vision.

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus on a clear vision

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    Nice place to start your career, but chances of long-term advancement are not terrific.

    Attorney - 7th Year (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsFor a law firm its size, it has a higher than normal percentage of down to earth, good to work with people.

    ConsVery long partnership track. It is difficult to ascertain what you need to accomplish to advance. Compensation is mediocre for the market and the size of the firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more communicative with your associates. Try to create a legitimate and non-stigmatizing non-partnership track. There are plenty of very talented and hardworking attorneys who would be willing to work for a bit less than market if there are realistic and available flexible work arrangements that would permit some semblance of a work/life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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