Williams Kastner

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Williams Kastner Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
7 Reviews
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    So-So

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Williams Kastner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great, generally well qualified coworkers. Interesting clients. Excitement around cases and work. Great location. Strong benefits. Trying to have a better teamwork culture.

    Cons

    Conservative in almost every way. Seems there a lot of politics at the top. Decisions come slowly. Cost cutting seems to be mainly gotten from staff expenses. Disparity between attorneys and everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some cutbacks visible to staff so we don't think we are doing it all. This would improve staff morale. Don't be afraid to break out of the 1980's to invigorate the culture.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch Out! This place may give you an ulcer.

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

    I worked at Williams Kastner full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent insurance coverage and a company that does not believe in working overtime if it can be avoided. And this is for attorneys as well as staff. It's a 40 hour a week firm - 37.5 to be precise and no one is expected to be available outside of those hours, with the exception of a trial or other truly emergent situation.

    Cons

    1. Sloppy work product with too many mistakes shrugged off with no attempt to change or better the process or the acumen of the people providing the support. 2. Inscrutable firm politics... with teeth. This place is like high school when it comes to how to succeed. The successful formula is to lay as low as possible and form alliances surreptitiously and very, very slowly and cautiously. There are so many long-term employees, attorneys and staff alike, with long-running grudges and issues, that it's very easy when you're new to inadvertently get in the middle of something without knowing it. And before you know it, no one is speaking to you and you are having difficulty getting your work done. 3. Childish favoritism on the part of HR and attorney management that has more to do with being popular than being an effective professional. The person getting the raise and the bonus is not usually the person doing the best work. This firm has been steadily shrinking for the past 10 years. The reasons for this downsizing in a firm that claims to value growth are legion. Enough said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First of all, wake up and start looking at some of the negative buzz on the internet about your firm. It's 2014. Not 1985. If you really want to turn your firm around, you need a serious transfusion when it comes to management in all phases -the business and staff management as well as the attorney Board management. Control must be wrested from those who are intent on maintaining the status quo. Your internal politics are in danger of overcoming your business. It's like a bobsled out of control and though many in management see it, it's being tacitly accepted as the "way it is" and allowed to continue on its inevitable course. But I suspect you'll need to shrink some more before you decide to see it. My advice is that you wake up sooner rather than later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Team Effort Required

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Williams Kastner full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart ambitious attorneys and staff.

    Cons

    Attorneys and staff seem to always be working against each other without any mutual respect. Very negative atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the future, there must be someone to run with the torch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    A great law firm with great people doing great work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Litigation Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Litigation Paralegal in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Williams Kastner full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Williams Kastner works on some of the more interesting cases which give employees a great opportunity to learn and hon their skills. The support staff is stellar!

    Cons

    Some attorneys can be aloof and bit egotistical, but they are the minority, for sure!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management has always treated staff with respect and dignity - keep it that way. Always be nice to the people on your way up the ladder because you just might meet them on your way down!

    Recommends
  6.  

    are all firms designed the same?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Staff in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Williams Kastner

    Pros

    It's still in the middle between outgrowing the mom & pop feeling and becoming a large firm; which is good because you still get some of the residual family feel. For the most part we are not micro-managed and are treated as competent professionals.

    Cons

    The annual "performance" increase system isn't based on performance. It's more about who you know and how much you are liked or disliked (the family feel backfiring).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although we understand that the attorneys are the bread and butter of the firm, management should acknowlege that staff are the tools that bring & help keep the two together. Whenever budgets need to be cut, we're the first source on the table.

  7.  

    It's all about the Benjamins

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Williams Kastner

    Pros

    -Well respected law firm
    -Good resume experience
    -Exposure to big firm style and atmosphere
    -High quality technology and you can request particular items or setups

    Cons

    -There is a strong class divide between staff and attorney
    -If cutting a benefit or employee will save them money it will happen as soon as hr gets around to it
    -Don't be louder than a mouse, this is a library... I mean office. Casual Fridays mean you don't have to wear a tie for guys.
    -Never under any circumstance are you allowed to contradict an owner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within - even though you say you do, no one thinks you do. Pay your employees more, provide acknowledgments in person as opposed to email, and the environment of fear might disappear.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough place to work

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

    I worked at Williams Kastner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Support staff is generally pretty good

    Cons

    Eat what you kill and don't expect any scraps. Compensation structure is subjective. Associate hours are regularly cut by billing partners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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