Wilson Elser

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Wilson Elser Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
48 Reviews
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  1.  

    Practical experience, but only real firm focus is hours

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great experience from day one, lots of feedback and support to pursue new practice areas and develop your individual skills.

    Cons

    Hours and compensation! The firm has a huge emphasis on getting your hours in, and not much else, and the compensation is well below market for the amount of time this job demands of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to build relationships among the staff across the board.

  2.  

    too much politics and popularity contest over skills

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I met some wonderful people in this firm and have lasting friendships. great vacation time if you are there after 3 years and pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    I have worked with this firm for many years, impeccable reviews along with being a strong team player and experienced with work. but if you are not particularly liked by one partner who brings in much money, then you could say good bye to your job, unless you allow him or them to flirt with you and go along with the way they mock other co-workers. No room to grow, capped off salaries for exempt staff, no bonuses, and no appreciation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making the office a popularity contest or protect staff just because they know someone in a higher position. Listen to what staff and attorneys need to say. Most of the partners that bring in business, do not know what certain staff really has to offer accept for listening to rumors being spread. Stop trying to take all the money the firm makes for your pocket and give out decent raises to those who merit it. Every year people what around in fear because of the revolving door in this office. The office has lost many good attorneys due to the way they conduct business here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Too Many Lay-Offs at Wilson Elser

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in White Plains, NY

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits at a good price. New offices. On-Site Cafe, free parking

    Cons

    They hardly close the office during blizzards. Sometimes they open with a delay. When it snows at work they hardly let you leave early.
    No bonuses
    Too many systematic layoffs that occur Feb-Apr. Everyone automatically worries. Out sourcing of positions happens as well. Good performance reviews do not ensure that you will not get l;aid off.
    Very little room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps trim the ever expanding Marketing Dept that's not helping to bring in new business - hence all the lay offs.?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor working conditions

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilson Elser

    Pros

    -coworkers are friendly for the most part

     -nice to have own office space

    Cons

    Your experience will depend entirely on which partner you are assigned to. Most partners are difficult to work with. My partner only cared about billable hours. He often unfairly punished the entire group for the mistakes of one. The level of talent and dedication is very low.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, got as much responsibility as I could handle. Communication with head partner was encouraged and quickly went from task associate to court hearings and depositions. Many partners were willing to mentor me.

    Cons

    Expectations are very high both for the work quality and time commitment. I received a lot of training but also had to learn a lot of new areas of the law.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Biggest But Far From The Best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    For associates looking for experience and then to leave, a good place to be.

    Cons

    A toxic environment to work. The firm caters to the few and demoralizes the many, with a revolving door at every level of the firm. No collegiality or cooperation. Internal competition is practically required to get ahead. The best and brightest in their practice areas move to other firms when they can. Too many bean counters in administration and in the top partnership (who do not bill any hours) make 2100 billable hours an "excellent year" (a quota) for the (vast majority) of attorneys. Nepotism makes the world go round. The CEO looks the other way. Too many associates get no raises year after year. Go elsewhere, young grads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No foresight. "It's who you know, not what you know" taken to its illogical extreme.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    slavery.

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    Former Employee - E-Business Program Administrator in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - E-Business Program Administrator in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    nice offices, good cafe, employees are young and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    terrible hours, overworked/underpaid, monotonous and grueling work material. highest turnover of any law firm in the area that is linked to one person. was harassed, intimidated, and threatened by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    law enforcement should have access to the complaints that are unresolved and collect dust in the hr office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    How do you give zero stars?...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It's a job that pays a decent salary and there are some good people that work there. Free water and soda in each office and once in a while, they manage to pass on the leftover lunches from management meetings.

    Cons

    Let's just start with the benefits - they are horrible. Probably the worst I've ever seen except for the amount of vacation you start with. Moral is poor (if there is any at all) across all departments within the firm. Annual reviews are just another way for the company to tell you to work more without additional pay. Management passed their retirement age a few decades ago but are somehow still running the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please retire!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience at Wilson Elser

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Some people are nice and caring.

    Cons

    A child-like environment where a lot of gossiping occurs and rules are given as if employees are 5 years old. Work expected to be done with no overtime given. Horrible raises, if any, are given. Doesn't seem like they want people to advance and grow in that company. A lot of fake people present.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Distressed Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney

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

    Pros

    People are friendly to work with and in right position can obtain great experience. Work-life balance is acceptable at times.

    Cons

    Poor benefits and the management has excessive focus on equity profits. There is little concern for human capital. Mobility is also very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to appreciate human capital.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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