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Dickinson Wright Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. "LegalSecretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They provide Great learning opportunities

    Cons

    They are not very organized

    Advice to Management

    ******


  2. "Legal Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. The company is a horrible place to work. Management allows other employees to bully and harass others. They will force you to work for several people who you are not assigned to because they are not willing to pay enough workers to do the job satisfactorily. So they work one employee to death and if you complain and request assistance, they ignore your requests.

    Cons

    The exact same as above.

    Advice to Management

    Need new management across the board.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great pay, but don't expect much else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dickinson Wright (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was excellent, the benefits were great, and I really appreciated the expectation that each associate would take their laptop home at the end of the day and continue to work from home or on the weekends, I felt less pressure to just be in the office even if I could accomplish the same task at home.

    Cons

    The culture was cut-throat bordering on toxic, there was very little support, and there was a lot of blaming others to cover for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    The computer training at the beginning of employment was largely review, and information never utilized or appreciated by supervising attorneys. An introduction to the company culture and expectations would have been more helpful.


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  5. "worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Accounting Analyst in Harrison Township, MI
    Former Employee - Accounting Analyst in Harrison Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dickinson Wright (More than a year)

    Pros

    FAST paced, rewarding jobs, large workflow, job security

    Cons

    mgmt. needs training, poor decision making skills and leadership


  6. "Avoid Phoenix"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dickinson Wright (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great tools to support work product. Computer upgrades and telephones superlative. Hospitality. IT Support was great.

    Cons

    Don't care about staff. Attorneys are the be-all and end-all. "Greed is good." They can treat their staff however they want and there is no repercussion for it. NONE.

    Advice to Management

    Separate the wheat from the chaff; the old ideas from the fresh and new.


  7. "Legal Secretary/Paralegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary/Paralegal in O Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary/Paralegal in O Fallon, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dickinson Wright full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, benefits and flexible hours. I enjoyed fast paced and energetic atmosphere. The attorneys I worked with were reputable, honest and overall made it a joy to come to work,

    Cons

    Let's face it no job is perfect and while I did have occasional bad days they were few and far between and unavoidable.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's a well-respected firm that will look good on your resume.

    Cons

    It's ALL about the bottom line, NOT at all about the people.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to realize that being penny-wise and pound-foolish is just that, foolish.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "So *this* is why all those lawyer jokes exist."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    While there are some very smart and pleasant attorneys at DW, too many of the senior partners are petty, vindictive, and utterly miserable individuals who seek out ways to make the lives of their fellow partners and associates unpleasant.

    Cons

    Based in Detroit, DW assumes all attorneys and staff should be able to be hired for what their economically depressed Detroit employees make. Costs of living in urban areas is not taken into account, raises have been anemic at best, and despite laying off numerous attorneys following the 2009 economic collapse, the firm lied and claimed it was simply due to annual reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the petty rivalries between and amongst departments, and reward hard working and under appreciated staff.


  10. "Experience was not good. Wished I had never worked there."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Location is the only good thing I can comment on.

    Cons

    Bad and inefficient management
    Only concerned with their senior partners, everyone else treated like crap.

    Advice to Management

    If you keep doing what you are doing, you will keep getting what your getting, a high turnover rate.


  11. "Good place if you can cut it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Attorney, 5th-Year in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    flexibility in work schedule, great people if you find a "circle" where you fit in

    Cons

    little to no transparency in organization

    Advice to Management

    provide more transparency, take associate perceptions into account when making decisions



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