I worked at Banner & Witcoff full-time (More than a year)
People are generally friendly, the salary and benefits were good, and so was the PTO/sick policy. I thought that was pretty standard. They have free lunch 1x a month, and free breakfast (usually bagels, fruit, coffee, OJ, etc) once weekly (usually Fridays). I do think they do things to make sure employees know they are appreciated. Pretty decent training and welcome but I think there could have been more.
Little to no room for growth; attorneys are bogged down and expect a lot from you. It's not interesting work and it can get boring after a bit. You have to be someone who is okay with doing the exact same thing every day, with little to no change. I needed more and wanted a challenge, and this wasn't for me. This job is the equivalent to Groundhog Day - the same exact thing every day - after a while, it gets depressing and boring. They also expected us to work a lot of overtime and it would always be at the last minute. Many times it would be the fact that attorneys had not completed the necessary work until the last minute, and we'd be responsible for the overhaul.
Advice to Management
Provide more opportunities for growth - if overtime is needed, send out an email offering it in advance with the date range, so employees can plan ahead.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Banner & Witcoff (Chicago, IL) in October 2011.
Very thorough interview process and was able to meet most of the attorneys. The office clearly knows each other very well. The interviews were followed by lunch with multiple attorneys. Overall it was very low pressure and was a casual interview process. A lot of the same questions were asked by each attorney. Was difficult to maintain concentration despite giving what felt like the same answer over and over and over again. Was a very nice office atmosphere and a top option if a patent "boutique" is something being considered.
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