Wilmerhale Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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Susan W. Murley & Robert T. Novick
19 Ratings

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. Challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilmerhale

    Pros

    Good People-motivated, intelligent, beautiful office, diverse group of coworkers

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, in the office every weekend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing all your great associates because you allow people to work their lives away. A little free time can go a long way.

  2. Rewarding experiences

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Infrastructure in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Growing firm, lots of users to support, high impact work, exemplary coworkers. Encouraged to think and work independently, supportive of continuing education, excellent benefits, the corporate culture reflects what one expects at a prestigious international law firm.

    Cons

    Not the easiest job, but the challenges keep the mind sharp. Changes that impact hundreds of users can be stressful both in implementation and aftermath. Often a precarious balancing act of expectation vs service delivery (situation dependent).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time, talent, and tenacity all contribute to the success of the teams, which overall affect the success of the firm. Continue to value these principles and practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Hard work life balance and below market salaries for senior people.

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

    I worked at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    Has some very smart, nice people who work there. You also get exposure to interesting work and the training is good.

    Cons

    Long hours, big name clients are going elsewhere and the pay is below market for senior people (it gets shunted into your bonus). As a result, they have trouble replacing talent who leaves with new talent at mid level and higher levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics and think more about what actually motivates the people you want to retain (hint:it is not money). Start investing in attorneys as people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Decent place to start or continue a career - but not for everyone.

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    Former Employee - Discovery Attorney in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Discovery Attorney in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    The Dayton office is an OK place for an average law school graduate who couldn't land employment elsewhere to start their career. It is also a decent place for someone - like myself - to get back on their feet after a layoff in the dwindling legal market. The firm provides an above-average compensation package, fantastic benefits, incredible flexibility, and (at times) interesting cases and working assignments. It is fun representing some of the worlds' major companies and working on cases most lawyers in Ohio would dream of working on. The position has potential for the right person - but you need to do a very realistic self-assessment of your goals, ambitions and desires before you commit to this position long-term.

    Cons

    All that being said, the bottom line is that in Dayton you are not developing legal skills. The Dayton position truly is a position of last resort, you will not develop any meaningful knowledge-base or expertise. You are not working as a "lawyer" but as a "document reviewer". This is not necessarily bad, but its an important distinction to be aware of. If your long-term career goals are to practice law then this is not a place to hang your hat more than absolutely necessary. The day you leave Wilmer you will not have developed any skills legal employers are looking for - employers know this - so be prepared to answer pointed questions regarding your experiences at Wilmer. This is not meant to criticize or insult the position or anyone in it, but simply to be a very honest review after having worked in this position for over 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The position is what it is - but management needs to more clearly define what the position is, and what career path (if any) exists for the position of Discovery Attorney.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great Company for Corporate Finance/Accounting

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilmerhale

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers, Management ensured that employees were being developed and that their voices were heard,

    Cons

    Vacation time could have been better as well as the compensation structure, paid once a month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront with compensation structure so that it is less of a shock

  7. Staff is treated entirely differently than attorneys

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Wilmerhale

    Pros

    Really smart people, gorgeous building, great benefits, ability to work with one of the most influential biglaw's out there- plus it rose from the mayhem of law firm implosions relatively unscathed.

    Cons

    The cultural difference between staff and attorneys was almost laughable. The all firm holiday party was not greeted kindly by the attorney's who insisted on having their own too- attorney's only. It was a clear, palpable difference between time billers & cost centers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. IT Program Management

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and Benefits, great working environment, interesting projects and opportunity to learn new technology

    Cons

    Dealing with type A customers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    big law firm, management shows no loyalty to staff,

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    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
  10. 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.

  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Not a big fan

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    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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