Wilson Sonsini Reviews

Updated June 5, 2015
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Pros
  • If you like challenging, cutting edge legal work with innovative clients, this is the place to be (in 3 reviews)

  • Attorneys, Agents and Scientific Advisors are for the most part nice and easy to work with (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a place where you will have any work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Secretaries here does not help each other out, they are not at all a team player (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Professional Staff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Big firm with a lot of attorneys, so there's plenty of work. Organized staff and nice offices. Abundant resources and nice perks. it's also prestigious firm that's stable.

    Cons

    Not great for growth potential. A lot of nepotism and favoritism. Pay isn't as high as you would think.


  2. Great firm for connections and training

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini

    Pros

    Great SV clients and great opportunities to go in-house for corporate attorneys; use it as a platform to get trained and to network but don't let them destroy your soul

    Cons

    Experience depends entirely on which partners you work with, choose wisely; very clubby and definite boys club environment


  3. Great Place to Build a Career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Clients are cutting-edge, partners and associates are top-notch, and base salary is market for big law. If there's a Silicon Valley deal, WSGR is probably on it. Firm has a great reputation throughout the valley. All associates get to work directly with clients, and face time isn't emphasized.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, but not any worse than big law generally (also see comment re: face time). Biggest overall complaint among associates are the bonuses (the amounts generally and the lack of clarity regarding how individual bonus amounts are determined).

    Advice to Management

    Pay market bonuses


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  5. The company is basically meh

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The profit sharing (averaging 9+ % of salary) is a nice benefit but might be on par with other companies' 401k matching percentages.

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits package could both be updated to reflect current attractive employer levels. Management could use sensitivity training on how to properly deal with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job reviewing your mid level managers performance in regards to dealing with their underlings and you won't have so many employees considering leaving.


  6. A bit of a sweatshop.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Legal Document Specialist (Legal Word Processor) in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Legal Document Specialist (Legal Word Processor) in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salaries and offer lots of over time. Lots of holiday perks and great Christmas bonus.

    Cons

    If you can take the backstabbing and backbiting, they do compensate fairly well. No recognition for the huge department I was in. Promotions virtually impossible to get on off-shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Notice who's the backbone of the company, not just rainmaking attorneys.


  7. Helpful (1)

    To much mess at this firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PBX Operator in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - PBX Operator in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great parties at the firm

    Cons

    You do a lot and should be paid for there worth.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  8. Best Place to Learn Your Craft

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Sink or Swim

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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



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