Venable LLP

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Venable LLP Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
11 Reviews
2.6
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  1.  

    Brief Summary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere in the office

    Cons

    Shifting towards billable hours as only metric of performance

  2.  

    Not properly matched for position

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - LAA in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - LAA in Washington, DC

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Advertised 2+ to 20 yrs administrative experience and I was excited to have the opportunity gain more in-depth knowledge

    Cons

    Position actually required 10+ years paralegal experience; assigned attorney was very difficult/not open to inquiries/no learning curve; and working OT (although prior approval is required) counted against your proformance review, annual increase as well as bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide an advocate for administrative staff and have realistic expectations regarding working OT to meet global deadlines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The good, the bad, and the bureaucracy.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    It's a nice place to work - the people are generally friendly and the benefits are good. Plus there's a lot of history at the firm and a fair amount of job security.

    Cons

    Many of the attorneys like to pretend the support staff doesn't exist, like an Indian caste system. Also, there's a sense that offering up criticism of management or asking a tough question could lead to trouble and possibly getting fired. The staff shouldn't be afraid to confront the lawyers with something as innocuous as advice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate the staff and the lawyers more. Listen to the support staff when they have complaints and concerns. Stop cutting benefits and start offering actual raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    One of the worst jobs of my career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there weren't any pros. They lure you in with the promise of many things and what a great company it is, but unfortunately I found this to be a lie. There is no diversity in their VA office and it's almost as though they want you to fail.

    Cons

    If you a minority, unfortunately, you won't stand a chance in this particular environment. You are doomed before you ever get started. Every person who in fact had the position has failed miserably because they intended it to be that way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should take a look at the common denominator in all of this and make a change there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Venable LLP (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
  7.  

    Life as an LAA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    Glad I'm gone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time (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
  9.  

    Don't be fooled during interview. Ask questions!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time (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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time (less than an 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
  11.  

    Fair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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