Wilmerhale

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Wilmerhale Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
56 Reviews
3.3
56 Reviews
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Susan W. Murley & Robert T. Novick
19 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Competitive salary and the opportunity to work a lot of overtime (in 4 reviews)

  • Good people to work with on a personal level (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • No such thing as work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for growth on support staff side (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    big law firm, management shows no loyalty to staff,

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, four day work week was available for some positions

    Cons

    management will make decisions purely on how to save money
    even when unnecessary
    such as relocated jobs to another part of the country so they can pay less money for same positions and receive fed and state tax benefits, all during the firms most profitable year and the 2009 recession

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Fat and Happy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work environment is very pleasant, and the attorneys and staff are friendly.
    The staff is conscientious and very anxious to please, especially those in the Dayton business center.

    Cons

    While there is a lot of attention to attorney hours, management is otherwise complacent and reactive. This may be due to having co-managing partners in Boston and Washington DC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious about firm management.

  3.  

    Not a big fan

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Wilmerhale

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Decent bonus structure (could be better- recognize those that go above and beyond). You can really learn a lot if you want to. After 10 years of service you get 2 months off paid in full.

    Cons

    Many managers are not qualified for managing the departments they are in charge of managing. Moral is very low because of this. A lot of negativity amongst support staff. Training should be better. The firm seems to focus on training the staff of things they already know. We would like to learn new techniques and skills. The annual raises are very low. Do not expect a cost of living raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on management. Hire managers that are experienced in the fields that are in charge of managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good training, but may be changing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Technology Specialist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Wilmerhale full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I started when Jim Lampert was still in the Boston office. He would tell stories about his career and teach us about caselaw. It felt like a collegial and academic place. We had weekly training lunch meetings, where we would discuss recent cases or review an area of the law (and get free food!). I also liked my supervisors and felt like I got a lot of one-on-one training.

    The culture was good--people were respectful and friendly. We were well-compensated and had good benefits (including time off). I don't think anyone ever complained about the salary.

    Cons

    A lot of senior associates left shortly after I did. And Jim Lampert also retired recently. I am not sure what exactly is happening, but it does seem like the culture is perhaps changing and WH is becoming less special as a place to work (less academic, more competitive). I think the associates felt that their hours were too long, but I can't tell if that's just any big law firm.

    I think the firm is emphasizing patent prosecution less and less. This is not great because this is how law firms really get into business with start-ups and how IP associates diversify their practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, management was collegial. I think the firm structure of "eat what you kill" may be affecting decisions more that it should.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Poor management, great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Discovery Attorney in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Discovery Attorney in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Wilmerhale full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits including flextime/flexspace, etc. Interesting cases to work on.

    Cons

    Poor management in Dayton, very disorganized and not aware of firm policies, etc. 2 Managers that don't know what the other is doing and have no real responsibilities, so create all kinds of things to keep themselves busy which results in more work for everyone around them. No real advancement, but pay is good for what we do. Lot of small hoops to jump through for everything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Typical, big law environment, good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive staff and peers. Fast-paced and positive work environment. Excellent benefits and salary. Case teams were large but cohesive and well-organized.

    Cons

    Leadership seemingly unaware and uninterested in what supporting attorneys do or what their role is. Very solid and secure cash flow, yet lay offs occurred.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't run the firm like a big business. Law is a service industry and to give excellent service, the attorneys and their staff are the very tools needed to keep clients happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Worked like a slave, not appreciated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Assistant
    Current Employee - Project Assistant

    I have been working at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    A lot of overtime if you want it, which can significantly increase your salary; socials monthly; bonus if you do well enough in January

    Cons

    The attorneys are all nice for the most part, but I, as well as others, have run into ones that are not so nice. If you're a project assistant, expect to basically only make binders and spreadsheets. No one teaches anything here, so you won't learn. There will be many nights when you're there late, and you will question yourself, what am. I still doing here? Project assistants work in storage rooms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emphasize the difference between paralegals and project assistants. Not really fair that we basically do the same work, but project assistants are paid significantly less. Also, be fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Flexible, Good Experience for younger attorneys

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Discovery Attorney in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Discovery Attorney in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Scheduling 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Jeans days more often. More perks in Dayton like the bigger offices in Boston, New York, DC, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Not 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best law firms to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Wilmerhale as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    High 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.

    Cons

    Some of the attorneys can be slightly overbearing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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