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Perkins Coie Paralegal Reviews

Updated Oct 18, 2018

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2 Ratings
  1. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, great benefits, excellent technology

    Cons

    Getting up to speed is tough, change is slow

    Advice to Management

    Set up better training on Perkins procedures

    Perkins Coie2018-10-19
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Patent Paralegal Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, everyone was really friendly, the work was challenging and fast-paced

    Cons

    The salary levels were underwhelming

    Perkins Coie2016-10-17
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Paralegal"

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    Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins Coie

    Pros

    Good salary, raise and bonus in 2014. Benefits/401K for staff all very good. Many opportunities to socialize, volunteer, etc. Paralegals have a three-tier advancement structure and participate in training and interviewing new people. The department works hard to distribute information, new rules, best practices, etc. Supervisors are supportive.

    Cons

    High billing rate, high stress and quite a bit of nonbillable busy work to do. The male paralegals seem to advance better than the females. Paralegals are essentially project managers in some ways, i.e. deciding how and what to delegate to paralegal assistants, secretaries, word processing/project center and setting up processes for things like invoice tracking, etc. "You figure it out and don't miss anything" is the way it seems to work. There is tension between attorneys, secretaries and paralegals and rarely do all three seem to operate on the same team. The docket is heavy and complex. Paralegals are assigned by client rather than attorney. Each attorney essentially operates as a sole proprietor. Very little standardization regarding forms and procedures. Strides have been made but not there yet. Docketing software/department not up to where it should be. BIG bureaucracy. Forms and approval needed for everything. Review process is taken very seriously.

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    Advice to Management

    Standardize procedures and forms.

    Perkins Coie2015-08-17
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice, approachable, and appreciative. Good benefits and employee perks

    Cons

    Would be nice to see them value staff more. Very top-heavy establishment.

    Perkins Coie2014-06-18
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to Work, Gets Tiring After Awhile"

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    Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie

    Pros

    Perkins hires good people. I never had run-ins with jerks at any level. From the corner offices to the mail room, everyone is easy to talk to, good at their jobs, and generally pleasant to be around. Perkins does high quality work and represents big name clients. Fringe benefits are a little better than I've seen elsewhere.

    Cons

    Base salary at the staff level is low and raises only exceed inflation for high performers. This is particularly hard to take because employees at Perkins are worked very hard. Staffing levels, even at the associate level, are kept very low and there is significantly more work to be done than there are employees to do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people and give the people that you already have some raises. The staff deserves the compensation and your clients deserve the attention.

    Perkins Coie2012-05-12
  6. Helpful (10)

    "Run -- Don't Walk - Away from the Perkin's Torture Chamber!"

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    Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie

    Pros

    The co-workers are friendly toward each other; they're genuine.

    Cons

    The corporate culture where it is okay to lie to everyone and management makes promises that they have no intention of keeping. When there is a huge problem and they lose staff over and over again, management will call meetings and act like they care. But then you find out that they've fed the same lies to previous people who walked out of this revolving door. The "Best Place to Work" moniker is a joke. They are extremely cheap with staff health issues and supplies. For example, when a medical device is needed for staff safety, they will ask you to find something from the supply room. There's constant turn-over because they tolerate whacko attorneys who like to scream, blame and lie. Management is aware of the problem attorneys, but will not do anything about them because they are friends outside of the office. Or because the much-complained about attorneys are from wealthy families. Training is terrible. Don't believe anything management tells you. They're good people enough, but have been brainwashed into accepting deplorable behavior.

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    Advice to Management

    Follow honest, professional policies. Get rid of the terrors in the attorney ranks and properly train the attorneys so they don't rip off paralegals' knowledge, try to pass it off as their own, and then denigrate the paralegal who gave them a solution to their problem.

    Perkins Coie2008-10-29
  7. Helpful (5)

    "This place will eat you up and spit you out."

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    Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins Coie

    Pros

    Working hard does not equat to fair raises. Perkins pays enough to keep it's employees from jumping ship, but not enough to deal with the stress and bs.

    Cons

    Overtime, overtime, and more overtime. Little recognition for hard work. Communication and specific job training does not exist. Many people are set up to fail due to the lack of training. Either you make it or fail. Very high turnover due to communication and training issues. Very poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up.

    Perkins Coie2008-09-29
  8. Helpful (3)

    "A lot of work - very little pay for paralegals and little to no bonus"

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    Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins Coie

    Pros

    The benefits are great and there are options for a flexible work schedule. Downtown location is nice.

    Cons

    As a paralegal I have more responsiblity and a huge workload, but my salary is not any more then a legal secretary. Plus as a paralegal you get little to no bonus. My current department has little to no management. There's a manager for the secretaries, manager for docketing, manager for paralegals, manager for paralegal assistants - too many managers makes for a very un-cohesive work environment. It's not team oriented and very chaotic.

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    Advice to Management

    Need to create a team environment. Need to have a better salary and bonuses for paralegals - the people who actually do bill there time and bring in a lot of money for the firm.

    Perkins Coie2008-09-22
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