Wilmerhale
3.7 of 5 50 reviews
www.wilmerhale.com Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 23, 2014

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Susan W. Murley & Robert T. Novick

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Flexible, Good Experience for younger attorneys

    Discovery Attorney (Current Employee)
    Dayton, OH

    ProsScheduling is super-flexible once you know what you're doing; good pay for the work completed; Firm picks up cost of CLE and 2 bar association memberships. Option to work from home some days every week following a probation period. Infrastructure of a big firm but small-office feel in Dayton. Generous benefits. Free parking. Opportunity to work with the latest software and review platforms, as well as diverse client matters across practice groups. Business casual dress.

    ConsThe cube farm environment affords zero privacy; career pathing is non-existent. A lot of people stay for a year or two and then move on - either to another attorney job or to return to school. The Firm could keep its experienced attorneys if there were some mobility or options for those who work to develop more skills. Kettering earnings tax is high. No on-site cafeteria or gym.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJeans days more often. More perks in Dayton like the bigger offices in Boston, New York, DC, etc.

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

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    Good Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and PTO and lots of great internal support and resources. Beautiful office and views, and most attorneys were very nice and respectful to work with.

    ConsNot a lot of room to grow. While job tasks were challenging at times, there weren't a lot of options to develop skills or learn new things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many attorneys with better reputation than skills.

    Associate (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsPrestige, clients, compensation, benefits, reputation

    ConsOffice culture, poor management, training, mentoring, low visibility on promotion status.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue associates more.

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

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    One of the best law firms to work for.

    Legal Assistant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsHigh level of expertise in all areas of law; room for professional growth; some to the best employee benefits I've ever seen in a law firm or company.

    ConsSome of the attorneys can be slightly overbearing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a Good Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat PTO and general benefits. Good people to work with on a personal level.

    ConsNot a lot of room for growth on support staff side. No training for management so at times (and in different departments) there can be poor management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay place to work.

    Support Staff (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsBenefits and compensation are with the market and fair. (However the raises are minuscule after the initial base salary.) After 10 years you get a paid 2 month sabbatical. The 3 buildings in one can be confusing but it's gorgeous and the cafeteria food is excellent. The people are really nice. They do pro bono work and I always enjoyed reading the articles about the difference they make worldwide. They hire likeminded individuals so if you think similarly you'll get along great.

    ConsLikeminded individuals are great, but no room for alternate ways of thinking. If you fit the culture it's great. If not, well... The atmosphere is very much the lawyers... then everyone else (staff). Which can be frustrating if you're staff. There's little to no training so be prepared to learn everything yourself. Little room for growth; use as a resume builder and move on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on upward communication / 360 feedback.

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

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    Nice

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat people to work for, The culture is business and fun.

    ConsNot good on pay raise

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould pay support more money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Pretty Good Place to Work

    Support Staff (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe benefits are really good. After 10 years of service you are given two months off with pay. Medical and dental are the same as most large firms/companies. The PTO time is generous.

    ConsThere is not a lot of room for growth for support staff. Morale is very low with support staff. The two months off is not always worth waiting for if you have to put up worth poor management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a good hard look at management - from the top to the bottom. There is room for improvement. There
     is more to life than work. Wilmer does not understand this.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Twas an experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat pay and benefits, flexible with taking time off, not too demanding work schedule

    ConsNo room to grow, no way to develop and few options to move within company

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow value in your employees who are successful versus favoring those whose tech skills are subpar

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you want to work for a prestigious law firm this is the place to be.

    Staff (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe firm invests a great deal into it's lawyers. Some of the most intelligent people I have ever met work at this firm. The firm tries to hire the best and the brightest so be good at what you do and you will fit in.

    ConsThis is not the place for the faint at heart. You will need to work hard and if your not a lawyer you may have to be persistent on getting firm paid training. The benefits are great, above average and they improve with longevity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinued focus on Pro Bono work and keep the firm as strong as it can be.

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

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