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Pros
  • Relatively strong commitment to work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great co-workers who take the words "team player" very seriously (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Working in a an atmosphere of tension is not unusual in a law firm (in 6 reviews)

  • Benefits are average and being a top performer will definitely sour any change at a reasonable work/life balance (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Our firm is committed to providing exceptional customer service, diversity, and innovation. Healthcare/Vision/Childcare benefits are competitive, transportation subsidy, generous PTO/Sick time, supportive management, opportunities to move/advance within the firm, friendly and exceptionally bright attorneys, subsidized café, and many staff appreciation events such as mixers, first Friday breakfasts. On site massage therapists and fitness center, yoga, wellness, cooking classes, and many other employee perks.

    Cons

    You must thrive in a fast paced environment and be flexible to constant change. Parking in our Seattle office is costly, but there is an early bird special. Traffic can be a pain to navigate during rush hour, game days, and should there be a protest in the area, and workload may change constantly due to department needs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage employee growth, and provide constructive feedback during reviews.


  2. "Love love this place!"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    DWT is very friendly and welcoming. A large group of employees have been around 20 years or more. Great benefits. All around good experience that nothing has compared to since. I actually left in 2002 but Glassdoor didn't let me go back that far.

    Cons

    The only con would be a job is a job. But if you want to build lasting friendships and feel a sense of belonging, this is the place.

  3. "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent management, training and culture. There is a definite caliber of professionalism expected and returned to you as an employee.

    Cons

    Leave time accrued cannot be used until 90 days.


  4. "A Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Legal Staff in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Legal Staff in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Beautiful offices, helpful staff members, top-notch attorneys, café and gym in the building, great wellness program.

    Cons

    None that I can think of!

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Uneven corporate culture - good intentions but poor implementation"

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    Former Employee - Partner in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Partner in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time

    Pros

    Some very smart lawyers. Good clients. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Uneven commitment by senior partners to collaborative growth. While some senior partners and management are committed to cross-practice development, deep and ongoing resistance at the broader partnership level. Once a lateral is courted and brought in, zero effort at lateral integration - other than trying to get work from the lateral's clients. Poor lateral retention. Staff-to-attorney ratio abnormally high, resulting in high overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that practice leaders and partners-in-charge are on the same page regarding collaboration. Implement system for lateral integration (which will boost retention).


  6. "Partner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent clients and nice offices

    Cons

    Not enough work sharing among partners


  7. "Generally good but could be vastly better."

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Overall good people with some heavy hitters with solid presence and name recognition in Pacific Northwest.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to get quality work, mentorship and professional development as associate. Partners have their "favorites," and junior associates better be quickly "in" with the right select group or be bored and ultimately looking for a way out.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Bully Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some colleagues are talented, wonderful people.

    The way the Portland office operates should be the standard firm-wide (which is ironic, because some of the absolute worst attorneys are in this office).

    Cons

    Staff are expected to take abuse and temper tantrums from the attorneys - NONE of whom are held accountable for deplorable and unprofessional behavior.

    The caste system is alive and well here. Even staff who have law degrees, but are serving in other capacities are viewed as "less than".

    Advice to Management

    Hold attorneys accountable for treating staff terribly. You will continue to bleed extremely talented people if the bully culture is not changed.

    Fix the terrible budgeting system.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Weak associate development"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good resources and secretarial staff

    Cons

    Weak associate development; very little support of client development


  10. "Best job I've ever had."

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    Current Employee - IT Department in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Department in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Wright Tremaine full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Decent pay. Great middle management from my perspective.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of worth mentioning.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


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