Wilson Elser
2.7 of 5 36 reviews
www.wilsonelser.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 27, 2014

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60% Approve of the CEO

Wilson Elser Chairman Tom Wilson Sr.

Tom Wilson Sr.

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32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    records management supervisor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosgreat learning and entry level positions

    Consdoes have the general family feel that smaller firms have.

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

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    I Should Have Listened to My Gut!

    Legal Secretary (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsIf I had say something good, you'd have to torture me to say it, because I can't think of one pro.

    ConsThis place is the worst firm I've worked for in my 25+ year career in the legal field. I suppose it has a lot to do with who you work for, but the firm itself is just awful. They really don't value their staff at all. Also, their technology is behind the times with inferior software and hardware. They want to do everything on the cheap. Their macro pac had to have been written by a trained monkey because it is a joke. The features didn't work. And, the attorneys were a bunch of cry babies. I've never worked anywhere where the attorneys were so unprofessional and immature. Couldn't wait to get out of the place. If you're thinking about a job here, run, run, run as fast as you can away from this firm. You'll be glad you did.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat's the point? Management never listens.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work here if you want management/attorneys giving you dog treats for doing a good job and cursing you out weekly.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    ProsFree coffee in the break room! Plus you get the second set of left overs from upper management meetings.

    ConsSmall pay, bad management, no promotions, verbal abuse, hostile work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management and humans resources need to enforce policies on ethical behavior instead of paying people off to keep their mouths shut.

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

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    Legal Secretary (Former Employee)
    White Plains, NY

    ProsAwarded opportunities to learn and develop litigation skills

    ConsGood place to gain experience but very little room for growth and pay is paltry.

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease salaries for support staff not just attorneys

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Its a good firm to start....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou get a lot of experiences in different areas

    Consno communication within, no bonuses

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great first job for experience. Everything else, not so much...

    Associate Attorney (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsLitigation experience in all different arenas of litigation; some great people; good benefits (which you pay for)

    ConsVery high billable hour requirement; non-existent bonuses and raises; no real opportunities for leadership; easy to get too comfortable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake objectives for reaching bonuses clear. And if there aren't going to be bonuses, make that clear.

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

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    hellish helpdesk

    Help Desk (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsI received a paycheck and very few late nights. The pizza was good on holidays. Free bottled water was a plus.

    ConsCrappy technology and zero room for advancement. Backstabbing and jealousy is the name of the game at Wilson Elser. Fresh ideas are desperately needed however, bringing a new idea will get you shunned because they are afraid of change. Their fix for most technical issues is to put a bandaid on it rather than taking the time to fix the root of the problem. The helpdesk is a revolving door of dysfunction. It was the worst job I have ever held.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop playing favorites and have a back bone!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    office services / Mail clerk

    Office Services (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsBeing the Office Asst. for the Firm.

    ConsI have no down side of the Firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWorking with all Staff.

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    Associate Attorney (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood work life balance something that is not typical for attorneys. Autonomy on cases that involve insurance defense primarily.

    ConsInsurance defense firms work for the insurance companies and usually not directly for the client. Rather, the insurer foots the bill and there are usually numerous billing restrictions and limitations that can make doing your job frustrating.

    Advice to Senior Managementcommit to mentorship programs

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    Great place for Entry Level

    Litigation Paralegal (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsHands on work
    Associates that are willing to help you learn
    Great managing partner

    ConsThe salary wasn't the highest

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

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