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Perkins Coie Reviews

Updated November 27, 2018
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Pros
  • "In general, they respect work-life balance and encourage employees to take time off" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great benefits - seriously wonderful medical/dental" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "The same as any other law firm, which are not deal-breakers; people who create unnecessary stress, billing quota requirements and pecking order" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Absolutely Zero Boundaries/Low Work-Life Balance" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Happy"

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

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    Whip smart attorneys , collaborative atmosphere

    Cons

    It’s a law firm so client demands


  2. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal
    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

  3. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, nice perks

    Cons

    Can be rigid on firm manual rules


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Benefits Analyst
    Former Employee - Benefits Analyst
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The firm takes care of its headquarters employees.

    Cons

    The firm is growing such that highly specialized positions are the norm and there is little opportunity for job advancement or job expansion.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Perkins Coie - Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary positively competitive with other DC law firms. Professional development and training available and required. Wide variety of practice groups to work with. Good benefits including vacation, 401k matching and yearly bonus.

    Cons

    Office management is vindictive and communication is poor. If you cross someone in HR, you are marked for continuous HR infractions, placed on an improvement plan and ultimately terminated. Little opportunity for overtime.

    Advice to Management

    The DC office of the firm has grown so much that HR has become like Big Brother, watching everything you do (extensive monitoring of computer logon and use) and everywhere you go (recently cameras were installed in already secure work areas). Annual reviews are unhelpful as no information (dates, times, locations, descriptions) are given when you are accused of infractions and HR and co-worker animosity plays too high a factor in performance evaluations.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good for a "biglaw" job"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, nice colleagues. The hour requirements aren't too bad for a major firm. The firm makes an effort to do little things to make work congenial (regular parties, thank you gifts, etc.). Flexible vacation and remote policy is helpful for those who need it.

    Cons

    As the firm grows (both in geography and headcount), it's become more profit-oriented and numbers driven. In the process, there's less interest in doing the little things that make employees feel supported.

    While the pay is fairly good, it isn't always commensurate with the cost of living (i.e., Seattle and Portland have lower pay scales, even though those housing markets/economies are booming).

    Advice to Management

    More clarity about long-term career paths and expectations.


  7. "Graphic designer"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great organization. Top tier firm.

    Cons

    None to report at this time

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed my tenure at the firm

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Nice people and fun events"

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

    Pros

    Very pleasant work environment. Wonderful people.

    Cons

    Cannot really advance within the company


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Satisfaction Depends on Department"

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

    Pros

    The pay is excellent, and the company makes a genuine effort to provide for your needs while you are working.

    Cons

    The turnover in some of the practice areas is massive, in part because of the borderline unrealistic expectations of employees, and in part because those who make it through the grind to become old-timers are, for the most part, selfish and cutthroat.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "One of the best"

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

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly, good opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    free market system to get work

    Advice to Management

    could benefit from more innovative management