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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate

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    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people. Competitive pay. Lower rates so more attracitve to in house counsel. Pull very smart lawyers from bigger firms and offer same service and value at a lower rate- Very smart! Benefits are good- Employee matched 401K up to 6%.

    Cons

    Bi annual reviews were too much! Management keeps close track of how everyone is doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the bi-annual reviews. Once a year is enough. Really focus on grooming mid level associates for shareholdership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nice people, odd culture, and uncertain future.

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    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    People are generally quite nice. Benefits are good. Good training and business development opportunities/sponsoring.

    Cons

    Not much loyalty. Odd hiring practices have led to a slightly "different" culture that other law firms. Departments tend to be silo'd and a lot of looking out for #1 overall. LOTS of folks leaving the firm, which is not necessarily unique to Winstead these days, but isn't a positive either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    True future and direction of the firm are very hard to understand. Quality of new hires does not seem to be on par with quality of the past (this is likely due to pay level, etc.).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with nice people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Winstead full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits and perks and great people are great to work with, for the most part

    Cons

    Some people have been there too long, too set in their ways and can't handle the pressure they are under in their position

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Winstead full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Management was top notch. The people and culture of the firm were good for the most part. People do not leave the company very often.

    Cons

    Unwilling to adopt new technology or any change really. IT department moving ahead and pushing forward, most users did not appreciate or understand what was being done for them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make changes to outside consultants if you ever want an internal change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Questionable management; compensation is on-par with other large firms in the market

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    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX

    I worked at Winstead full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Day-to-day work environment is generally positive; compensation for attorneys is fair.

    Cons

    Mixed reputation of firm; questionable personnel management; certain practice areas favored over others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication and make decision-making more transparent. Many questionable and arbitrary personnel decisions were made when the firm was struggling most (2008-2010). Some apparently hasty decisions made simply to "protect" shareholders in the short-term (rescinded employment offers, summer associate program canceled, productive associates pushed out the door, etc.) The legal community remembers, and management hasn't done much since then to rehabilitate the firm's image.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Paralegal review

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Well-structured evaluation system.

    Cons

    Mandatory participation in charity contribution ($100 for attorneys and $50 for non-attorneys).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally well-managed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Have to say I think its an incredible downtown firm to work at!

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Winstead

    Pros

    Benefits, respectfulness between staff - attorney, support and administration, caring in-house administration, superior grasp of economic changes and proactiveness in seeing the firm through the changes.

    Cons

    Law firms do not typically provide any meaningful life/work balance. Competitiveness of salaries, raises and bonuses may be slightly slipping but obviously being influenced by economy and staffs' need for job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am very proud to work here and believe it to be an intelligent and caring firm. Please remember the level to which your employees are struggling. The economy has devastated some of us beyond what you are aware - utilities, foreclosures, etc.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfied

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    Current Employee - Attorney in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Attorney in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Winstead

    Pros

    Winstead is a well-respected law firm with some good attorneys.

    Cons

    Definitely a 2nd tier law firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We can't always satisfy all shareholders. The firm needs to run more like a business. Instead, everything revolves around building consensus and making everyone happy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Contractor - APA Editor Assistant
    Former Contractor - APA Editor Assistant

    I worked at Winstead as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart management. Care and concern for employees.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth as it was a small business with a growing client list.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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