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Updated Jun 4, 2014

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2.8 13 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

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Richard E. Wiley

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    2 people found this helpful  

    Marketing

    Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe firm has hired a new Chief Marketing Officer in May 2014--please look forward to new opportunities in the department. The department culture and work/life balance has changed dramatically for the better, so please consider any new opportunies that are now being offered.

    ConsThere are challenges today in any law firm environment, but the firm has a wonderful culture, and is widely respected by clients and peers in the legal industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wiley Rein Marketing Department - Standards Are High

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat place to learn about legal marketing and how to run a service organization. Great firm and lots of opportunities to collaborate with some of the best lawyers in DC.

    ConsNo tolerance for the status quo (good and bad). Department needs additional resources. Staff can be lean at times. This also creates opportunities for go getters who want more responsibility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIgnore some of the other comments on this site. See status quo comment above.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Department: No professional development or advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, great bonding experience for those in the marketing department who somehow survived the extremely negative working environment.

    ConsIt's not a matter of "high standards" when there is an extremely high rate of turnover (A managerial position that opened up 1.5 years ago? two people have already come and gone for that position; The marketing assistant position? they are on the 3rd person this year). There is a long list of former employees who can attest to the fact that all of the negative reviews of the marketing department are incredibly accurate.

    All requests to expand your position more in accordance with your already developed skill set will be ignored. The micromanagement is extremely frustrating, making one feel like one's work was not one's own; there's no autonomy to the point where you must get emails approved before you have direct contact with attorneys. Due to the "leadership" structure, your requests to work on projects that match your skill set will result in the reassignments of the projects without even a word on whether you had time to work on it. You will be silently bullied into believing that you are not allowed to take time off, forget about having an appointment at lunch without having anxious fears of negative repercussions, and there's some tacit department rule that says you (illegally, mind you) can't bill overtime between 5:30-6pm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI sincerely hope the partnership reevaluates their useless marketing department.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid the Marketing Department

    Marketing (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe attorneys who work at this firm are some of the finest in their industries. Super smart and innovative legal counsel. Excellent place to join as an Associate. Good benefits. Excellent location.

    ConsThe marketing department is one of the most negative, abusive, and micromanaged departments I have experienced. I would recommend that you avoid working for this firm until the department leadership changes. There is no sense of team. Certain employees are favored. Marketing leadership doesn't seek and isn't open to input from lower level marketing employees. Vacation and personal time off requests are often refused. Complaints have been going on for years but fall on deaf ears. When issues are brought to HR detailing the poor management and bad behavior of the department's most tenured employees, nothing is addressed and the issues continue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean House. Get attorney leadership involved with the day-to-day management of the department so you can really see what is going on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't make the same mistake & work here!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood location and some great attorneys.

    ConsSmall firm and not professionally run. Department managers, manage by optics to protect themselves and sacrifice their staff. Senior executives have heard all the complaints and recommendations but choose not to fix and continue to foster a revolving door syndrome.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your middle management who is in the trenches actually doing the work and make changes with ineffective and abusive senior department management. Or continue to lose competent talent to better run firms.

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

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    Generally a Good Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork alongside a top tier of professionals who care about doing well and doing the right thing. Opportunity for growth within the organization. Very professional atmosphere, but still casual and friendly from top to bottom.

    ConsGlacial pace of change. Salaries are at mid-level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your Managers to know their staff and give them more flexibility/leeway in managing trusted subordinates. You will reap significant rewards by so doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from the Marketing Department

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMr. Wiley and Mr. Rein seem to take an interest in their employees and participate in internal firm events.

    ConsOverbearing, micro-managing leadership in the department leads to high turnover. Very inefficient processes for preparing proposals means formatting and correcting same stuff over and over rather than fixing the problems in the program. Ask you for ideas and input, but shoot you down all the time. Absolutely no flexibility in work schedule. CMO seems to be untouchable - I don't see things getting any better as long as she is around. Human Resources has heard it all and seems to be powerless to change things. Stay away.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the turnover rate and make some changes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Structured, successful, super busy, smart

    Paralegal (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat people who are willing to work with you and help you

    ConsSome people can get caught up in themselves.

    Advice to Senior Managementmore learning experiences for younger employees (non-associates)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Marketing Department Worst Place to Work

    Assistant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe attorneys and the rest of the firm great people. Demanding but fair.

    ConsMarketing department is nuts, abusive and down right a miserable place to work. Work load unfair, leadership poor at best. Lots of snickering and gossiping at the top. Top down approach. Communication poor. Gives new meaning to the word micromanage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes and take a look at the amount of turnover.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not for me

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsBenefits were very good. Hr is good

    ConsIf your not a lawyer no cares

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat non lawyers better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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