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Fenwick & West Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Salary and benefits are good, and work-life balance is perfect (in 4 reviews)

  • Fenwick is a unicorn in the law firm world (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Nothing at all - this law firm tops every NY (in 10 reviews)

  • It's still a law firm, so there will be long hours and the work can be monotonous (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic place to work"

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

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time

    Pros

    The biggest pro is that everyone is nice here, and management values creating a pleasant environment. Salary and benefits are good, and work-life balance is perfect.

    Cons

    There isn't a chocolate fountain in the break room.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  2. "Caring and, more importantly, trying management in patent group"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - most supervisors do care about your workload for both the clients' and your sake, sometimes things can't be helped but you'll see that everywhere so a little sacrifice in your personal life is expected when workload picks up
    - most supervisors are reasonable, understanding, and try to add significant feedback to your work
    - most supervisors try to be aware of how you are doing and will reach out if they think some attention is needed

    Cons

    - none when taken into consideration that this is a law firm
    - some suggestions just make work vs fix quality of the product - maybe have a system to train supervisors on what suggestions/edits to avoid giving since context wouldn't be improved

    Advice to Management

    - I really enjoyed my work in the end because I felt that I was positively contributing to the great reputation the patent group had/has. I'd suggest continuing making quality a priority, not quantity, when possible

  3. "Better than average for a law firm"

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

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time

    Pros

    The firm offers a great deal of flexibility in terms of work arrangements.

    Cons

    The firm atmosphere is impersonal.


  4. "Probably as good as it gets for a law firm"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and highly competitive salaries. Generally supportive HR department. Dynamic firm. Interesting clients.

    Cons

    Long and erratic hours. Expectation of evening and weekend availability.


  5. "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a reason why so many people have been with the firm for over 20 years and it's simply because the firm treats everyone with respect. Most people are incredibly happy, get along well, and are productive. The compensation is generous, but I feel more importantly, firm management is incredibly thoughtful with events. Renting out theaters for the release of Star Wars replete with thoughtful goody bags? Those gestures/events, coupled with the family atmosphere, and incredibly capable and intellectual people are the reasons so many people have made Fenwick their home.

    Cons

    There could be much better communication in certain practice groups.

    Advice to Management

    This advice is to practice management, not firm management: tell your people upfront what to expect, what changes are coming, what's in the works. It's very frustrating finding things out through the grapevine that directly affect you when it would've been much simpler to explain a situation.


  6. "Great company, some politics"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing smart people to work with, community service hours, MV location is really close to the caltrain station, and everyone is generally pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Some politics and pay is average but livable in the Bay Area (in 2017!).

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job keeping the culture and community alive as Fenwick & West grows bigger. Thank you!


  7. "The best place to join the best legal/finance team"

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    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of he best things about working with this firm is that you get to work with the one of the best and most highly capable teams in the entire bay area.
    The firm is very invested in developing their employees and it is clearly demonstrated by the amount of effort they put into the meetings and events they hold.
    I can honestly say that I have never had a day where I have dreaded coming to work, even on Mondays.

    Cons

    There aren't many downsides but the biggest one by far is the commute. Obviously, this is not the fault of the firm but anyone who has driven through highway 85 during rush hour can attest to how horrendous an experience this is.

    Advice to Management

    Have one happy hour event per month, regardless of holidays

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not Much Growth"

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

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fenwick is a very accommodating to different work schedules and offers great benefits. Co-workers range from extremely friendly and great to work with to agonizing to be around.

    Cons

    Although they are great in terms of benefits and work place culture, what it comes down to is pay. I was hired at a low wage and have suffered because of it. I moved to a different office with more expensive housing and cost of living and still make the same pay. Getting a COL raise every year will never make up for it. There is also very little room for growth for Non-legal employees.


  9. "An excellent place to work!"

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

    Pros

    After 4 months at Fenwick, my experience could not be better, Fenwick encourages development of current employees through involved support and exposure to new tasks and challenges in order to succeed. The environment is never stressful, and the people are kind, helpful, and fun.

    Cons

    Few cons to speak of.


  10. "GREAT LAW FIRM - AMAZING PLACE TO WORK!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture; team-oriented; Management and HR are always checking in; work-life balance; benefits; best law firm I have ever worked for in NY! Employees are treated so well! I cannot say enough great things about Fenwick & West!

    Cons

    Nothing at all - this law firm tops every NY law firm in every aspect!

    Advice to Management

    From the moment I started working here I have been (and continue to be) treated as part of the Fenwick family, everyone is so welcoming and helpful, really amazing culture - keep up the fantastic work!


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