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Dorsey & Whitney Reviews

Updated February 10, 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)

  • Dorsey's benefits for support staff are very good (in 3 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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    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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "Good benefits, thats it"

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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

    Good benefits, excellent time off and sick policy

    Cons

    Very political organization, bad IT management, no room for growth. Mistakes are used as a means to hold employees back instead of teachable moments. Big divide between the lawyers and the staff, and the staff was treated as second class citizens.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees learn from mistakes.


  5. "Great people, but staff is not valued"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dorsey & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Smart and friendly people on all levels

    Cons

    firm could improve how it treats support staff who are regarded as hired help, not contributing team members

    high turnover rate, management slow to re-hire for vacant positions, always using the excuse that the group's billable hours aren't high enough to justify a new hire. Performance will never be optimal when turnover forces people to constantly adapt to shifting work loads and training new employees

    staff receives no merit based bonuses or much credit for good performance and yearly pay increases may not keep up with cost of living increases. Benefits, such as maternity leave are better for attorneys than staff

    Advice to Management

    Your attorneys clearly appreciate good staff, improve firm management practices to reward good staff performance


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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