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Fenwick & West Reviews

Updated October 20, 2016
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Gordon K. Davidson
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Pros
  • Fenwick is a unicorn in the law firm world (in 5 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance, Bay Area Location, Great Clients (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • As with any law firm, due dates and time could change at the drop of the hat (in 9 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. "Nice Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of really great people who work at Fenwick. The BeWell benefits for health and fitness are awesome.

    Cons

    Fenwick is sometimes criticized for being cheap. It can be frustrating to look at your paycheck after you see how much money they pay for events etc.

    Advice to Management

    The culture is great at Fenwick. The pay is good but not great. Working here is definitely a good experience overall.


  2. "An excellent place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "My dream job - finally!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collegial, motivated and technology driven culture. Everyone here wants to see their colleagues succeed. People are friendly to one another, not just once in a while, but always. I feel supported by my manager. I'm always encouraged to try new things and expand my skill set. I wake up excited to come to work everyday. I don't think I've felt that way in years, and it's thanks to this wonderful firm who cares about it's employee's.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of thus far.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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!


  6. "Good company to work for, but work-life balance is a challenge"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits including a gym and fitness classes. I feel that my boss values my opinion.

    Cons

    Long hours and weekend work. Extremely busy and never feel like I'm ahead of the curve

    Advice to Management

    Some groups run with a very low number of employees. That means that you are working harder and longer than is needed. Adding employees would speed project work and create a more reasonable work-life balance.


  7. "Catering Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a gym but make you pay to use it.

    Cons

    HR is evil and doesnt care about its employees


  8. "Paralegal"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, very team-oriented

    Cons

    Billable hours requirement, work-life balance is non-existent


  9. "Pretty good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Legal Secretary in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Legal Secretary in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fenwick & West (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many groups of great people.

    Cons

    Management Style is changing..not for the better

    Advice to Management

    Do not take away the caring, family feel.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging but Rewarding"

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

    Pros

    Culture is great. Pay is great.

    Cons

    Large workload. Tight deadlines without compromise.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good company culture
    many lunch time learning events including diversity events (great speakers are brought in)
    some employees have been with the firm over 30 years

    Cons

    need more information on career mobility



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