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Dorsey & Whitney Reviews

Updated September 6, 2018
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Kenneth L. Cutler
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Pros
  • "It also has a softer side that encourages a nice work/life balance for all attorneys and staff" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "As with any law firm/client service environment, the work can be very demanding at times" (in 5 reviews)

  • "No maternity leave for support staff, no work from home availability, no overtime" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dorsey & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    None that are worth metioning


  2. "Dorsey and Whitney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great 401k contribution, awesome employee lounge/ gym, good health plan, and PTO.
    Dedicated to driving diversity.

    Cons

    Slow to change, old culture.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just say you want a diverse work force, make it happen. We need a workplace culture upgrade.

  3. "Great"

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

    I have been working at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, people, parties, work, fun

    Cons

    Remodeling, work life balance, management


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work. Very flexible

    Cons

    Depending on the department, Silos/Groupings. If you don't fit you get treated as an outcast.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees equally without favoritism


  5. "Just don't"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some really good people.

    Cons

    Insanely heavy workload for mediocre pay & benefits, fear-based culture, blatant favoritism based on partner's and management's personal preferences rather than any real measures, and a toxic environment prone to scapegoating, verbal commitment to diversity that is belied by actions. Save yourself the heartache.


  6. "Associate Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dorsey & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Collegial environment, most people don't take themselves too seriously

    Cons

    Staff/attorney divide is palpable but firm does seem to be making an effort to bridge that gap


  7. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Staff in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pros? I am drawing a blank!

    Cons

    Inadequately fair management. No wonder the turnover stats are climbing. There is "0" positive morale. Your first day may be great. After the first week, LOOKOUT. You are the property of " " adhere to firm policies at all time. Do not try to rearrange time off. Let us just state, I've been looking in the help wanted sections. Be negotiable with your pay, it be a century before you are awarded a raise. Christmas bonuses are absolute. You'll pay a hefty addition to supplement your health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that most of your employees particularly staff have families, illnesses, situations beyond THEIR control. Have compassion. It is known that HAPPY, well treated employees look forward to work. They give their best productivity. At Dorsey Whitney, most are so afraid to speak up for fear of losing their job! Best advice: It is a job! Work to live stop living to work.

  8. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work/cases..willing to pay market rates etc

    Cons

    Litigation Attorneys in Trial Dept have no idea how to assess talented support staff


  9. "Legal secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dorsey & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    They value and reward excellence.

    Cons

    I couldn't rely on certain staff members to do their job, so a lot fell on my shoulders.


  10. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dorsey & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Can be a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    Favoritism of employees is not based in job performance.


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