Wilson Sonsini

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Wilson Sonsini Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1.  

    Best Place to Learn Your Craft

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best clients in the business, served by the best talent in the business. Entrepreneurial approach is key to making a successful career

    Cons

    Getting an appropriate balance between working on the best matters and having a life is sometimes difficult to control.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good central office; New York office leaves much to be desired.

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

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    Substantive work is good. Internal resources are ok.

    Cons

    Poor management of firm associate resources and bad politics. Too California centric to make a presence as a national firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Poor leadership and thereby employees lack motivation or discipline for schedules/work

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    Highly talented attorneys/agents; staff has tremendous potential but lack leadership or direction or training. Compensation is excellent, but benefits, vacation poor.

    Cons

    There was no communication within the organization. Strong new candidates seem to be penalized from upper management---they reacted as if their job was 'threatened' and often passively aggressively penalized the person. Management, Firm requirements and partner leadership all pulled in different directions. No uniformity or agreements. The lack of management overall resulted in poor staff morale and commitment to work. People came and went as they pleased since HR and partners are out of the office frequently. IT systems are always down which made work very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT department needs tremendous improvements. Firm management, lead partners and associates need to be on the same page with standard practice, billing procedures and processes. Core hours need to be set and monitored for staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sink or Swim

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Hardworking colleagues, nice campus, on site cafe, accessible managing partner

    Cons

    Sweat shop work load and not a lot of work life balance. Human Resources/Recruiting drags their feet when there is turnover and the other employees have to pick up the slack which creates a lot of potential liablility until they get the next person hired and up to speed. WSGR has opportunities to contribute to the community, but expect you to do it on your own time, which becomes precious considering the high stress work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aggressive recruiting to replace someone who leaves may prevent more people leaving and/or burn out for the human resources you still have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Pay Sucks

    Current Employee - Corporate Legal Secretary in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Legal Secretary in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    The team that I supported, real nice people

    Cons

    Secretaries here does not help each other out, they are not at all a team player.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Professional

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    Former Employee - Senior Legal Administrative Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Legal Administrative Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They are professional and goal oriented. They provide ongoing education to enhance the level of service available to their clients.

    Cons

    Management is not loyal to it's employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the message you send to your clients with the lack of loyalty you show to your seasoned employees.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It's all about the Benjamins

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    Firm has great financials, excellent talent, and no-nonsense management. Great work culture in some offices. Operationally, relatively transparent.

    Cons

    Not-so-great work culture in some offices. Rather stingy with associate bonuses given firm performance over the past few years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great clients, challenging work

    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    WSGR's biggest selling point is its clients - the best tech firms out there. If you like challenging, cutting edge legal work with innovative clients, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics...Brutal long hours and mentoring is non-existent.

  10.  

    Stay Far Away From The Seattle Office - The firm is known as The Death Star

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    None. Well, maybe the salary but consider it combat pay because you are expected to work like a dog and be happy about it.
    You can get away with anything in this office (drinking, cursing, coming in late, leaving early) because no one cares, clearly not management.

    Cons

    It's a sink or swim mentality and they only care about the almighty dollar.
    No management. People do and get away with what they want. No repercussions for bad behavior and lousy work ethic.
    There is no "team" atmosphere and too much "that's not my job" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try hiring managers that actually MANAGE instead of letting the staff run themselves.
    Get rid of the DEAD weight, like the people who have been there for years and still do not know how to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Law Firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    Great firm good company values

    Cons

    enjoyed all the services to make working easier

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