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Vinson & Elkins Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Mostly good work and mostly good people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vinson & Elkins

    Pros

    Great legal training and great experience if you're willing to work for it.

    Cons

    Typical big-firm problems--long, long hours and many partners view associates as fungible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great firm. Would work there again.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Litigation Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Litigation Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vinson & Elkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, great benefits, large Christmas bonus, strong institutional support - All the things necessary to make a great impression on a recent graduate

    Cons

    Not much training for entry level positions; need better connectedness between paraprofessional units.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Loved it!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Houston, TX

    I worked at Vinson & Elkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people!
    Firm makes an effort to fix internal issues, like lack of diversity and associate dissatisfaction.

    Cons

    Work flow is not evenly divided. Some partners favor certain people and don't give others an opportunity.
    Little chance that you'll make partner.
    A lot of people leave after their 4th year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vinson & Elkins

    Pros

    I interned here a few years ago. It was an awesome opportunity, I learned a lot and everyone was really nice to be around.

    Cons

    Nothing major but the only con was that the manager that oversaw my group was located in a different city and I was only able to interact with this person a handful of times.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid off unexpectedly after 20+ years of dedicated, hardworking service for self-serving idiosyncratic attorneys.

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Houston, TX

    I worked at Vinson & Elkins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Two things stand out in the pros column: (1) annual bonuses of a month's salary for everyone who is a full-time employee with more than one year of service; and (2) paid time off of 20 days for new hires to 42 days for more tenured employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the challenges far outweigh the pros. First, the office culture is still dominated by the good ole boy mentality and a distinct air of a caste system permeates the office. Attorneys are placed in a lofty position far above the staff while the staff are subservient and inferior. For example, female attorneys who take maternity leave are given three months of fully paid time off while female staff are given six weeks of time off at 60% pay, which is an unfair disparity. Hirely attorneys are quickly admonished to not fraternize with the staff because the staff are "beneath" them and the attorneys need to recognize the hierarchy. Staff are discouraged from expressing any complaints about ill-treament by the attorneys because the attorneys are "superior" and high dollar billing attorneys are given carte blanche to act out however their mood dictates. Prima Donna Partner gets mad over losing a court hearing and decides to throw a stapler at the assistant. Does PD Partner get reprimanded? No. The assistant, however, may be counseled in how to stroke PD's ego so (s)he will feel better. Any staff member who dares to deviate outside of this expectation and actually complain about an attorney's bad behavior is labeled as a "troublemaker" and no amount of "brownie points" earned will remove that label. In fact, the unfortunate "complainer" is often then the target of HR and management. The "troublemaker" receives lower raises, no advancement opportunities, and are usually eventually terminated. These expressions are not just my feelings. They are, instead, based upon my own personal experience while I was employed there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more effective measures to deal with attorneys who have a reputation of being difficult to work for. Instead of allowing a revolving door atmosphere where the staff of particular attorneys come and go quickly, lay the fault where it rightly belongs. Stop blaming the staff. Counsel the attorney and if that fails to curb abusive employees, terminate the problem. Otherwise, in today's culture of hidden videos, you may encounter an employee who decides to take legal action against the firm for failing to protect them from known abusers and bully bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent firm to work for in Houston market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Vinson & Elkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. Good quality of work. Early responsibility for junior attorneys.

    Cons

    Compensation not as competitive as other firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more competitive in compensation structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great firm, great experience, would not choose any other firm in Houston

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Vinson & Elkins full-time

    Pros

    Great work experience; fantastic lawyers; it leads the Texas market in compensation; great clients; as much ownership of work as you want to take; energy focus (for those who want it); significant private equity practice

    Cons

    Same as most law firms - difficult to balance work and life; partnership less attainable than in prior years; sometimes a high stress environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Student Intern

    Former Intern - Student Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Intern - Student Intern in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Vinson & Elkins as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Really good learning experience -- round table presentations and interactions with Summer Associates give you a really good idea if Corporate Law is for you.

    Cons

    Little application of actual legal experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better outline of what Student Interns are supposed to do. Should be given tasks that help develop skills.

  10.  

    Solid law firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at Vinson & Elkins as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good connections and business from energy industry. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Like most law firms, most partners are too busy to pay attention to you or help assure you are treated fairly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A good place to work in Texas

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Austin, TX

    I worked at Vinson & Elkins full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    All the perks of Big Law - salary, resources, training and prestige.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to find assignments on your own.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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