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Dorsey & Whitney Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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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)

  • Great people work there, the staff is friendly and hard working (in 4 reviews)

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

  • Support staff are treated like rented mules (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Overall pretty good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Standard benefits. A couple benefits are above average.

    -Pay can be good. Depends on department/position/experience.

    -Good resume builder and networking. Large enterprise company with multiple branches throughout the US and abroad that provide exposure to a complex corporate business structure. Opportunities in other locations are possible.

    -Strong effort in trying to foster positive work culture through parties, diversity events, activities, food, employee recognition, etc. Office Admins, Management, HR at HQ and each location try very hard to give good experiences.

    -Food. Large law firms tend to have lots of food around. Food for parties, food from client events, wine and beer, etc.

    -Autonomy. You are trusted to do your work.

    Some of the purely negative reviews are inaccurate. This company is a perfectly fine company to work for and gain experience. All companies will have their pros and cons.

    Cons

    -Some employees complained about low pay. Pay depends on department/position/experience.

    -Law firm hierarchy can be negative.

    -Laughable holiday bonus for staff. Many firms offer profit sharing or performance based bonuses. Get with the times.

    -Autonomy. Some employees should not be trusted to work alone.

    Advice to Management

    -Update salaries and benefits to attract top talent across the board, not just attorneys. You won't have a top firm with high-salary attorneys and low-salary staff.

    -Stop centralizing everything at HQ. Spread positions and responsibilities across the other offices. Limiting a skillful employee's work responsibilities due to firm politics is bad business. It's highly inefficient that someone in NY needs to ask someone at HQ to click a button for a routine task.


  2. "ball and chain throw away the key"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    coworkers, it is a job, keep looking

    Cons

    HR greed and favoritism, cheap, only buy necessities, don't care about employees, you are expendable, only see the almighty dollar

    Advice to Management

    treat employees with respect and value them they are the backbone to success, have you no shame

  3. "Voice Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Voice Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Voice Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Minneapolis weather sucks for nine months of the year.


  4. "Underpaid and overworked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of my coworkers are nice.

    Cons

    Passive/aggressive management that piles work on employees until they are unable to do quality work, then blame employees for not doing a good job.

    Huge marketing effort around being listed as one of 100 best places for women to work, however the efforts around this are limited to attorneys and the opposite is true for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly; have reasonable expectations of work. Also, consistently enforce expectations that attorneys treat staff with a modicum of respect.


  5. "Great Firm to work for!"

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

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

    Pros

    Supportive coworkers and healthy work environment; management listens to staff concerns; great work/life balance for staff; frequent staff appreciation events, including monthly birthday celebrations, summer picnic, holiday party, as well as other annual events; held to high standards and rewarded for good work; opportunities for growth; well cared for office space in prime downtown location (close to restaurants and shopping, too).

    Cons

    Parking can be difficult, but the pros far outweigh this. The office is a block from the light rail and very close to main bus stops.


  6. "Corporate feel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people work there, the staff is friendly and hard working

    Cons

    You fend for yourself. Some attorneys are big headed and it's your word against theirs and yours always loses. No backing for staff.


  7. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, related training typically covered by the company, many opportunities to volunteer outside the workplace in the community.

    Cons

    Nothing really that doesn't happen in any work place.

  8. "Not Bad"

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Minneapolis, MN
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A very secure and comfortable place to work. Company takes good care of employees for the most part.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up. Raises are annual, but are very small.


  9. "Paralegal II"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal II in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Paralegal II in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dorsey & Whitney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big company, job security, very independent work flow.

    Cons

    No maternity leave for support staff, no work from home availability, no overtime


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Support staff"

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

    I worked at Dorsey & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with

    Cons

    Could be managed better. Too much emphasis on outside influences


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