Venable LLP Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
7 Reviews
2.6
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Venable LLP for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Diverse practice, so they're able to weather many economic storms.

    Cons

    Staff are not encouraged to learn new things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Life as an LAA

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    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Terrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay 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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Glad I'm gone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Seem 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 ManagementAdvice

    Merger and don't try to be the equal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Don't be fooled during interview. Ask questions!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    WOW! 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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunities for male lawyers.

    Cons

    Females 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Fair

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Venable LLP

    Pros

    Decent work. Some very good clients.

    Cons

    Management seems disorganized, naiive and without vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on a clear vision

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Attorney - 7th Year  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney - 7th Year in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Venable LLP

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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