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Perkins Coie Reviews

Updated January 11, 2018
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Pros
  • They try to provide a work life balance while being committed to providing the best work possible to client (in 9 reviews)

  • Perkins Coie is a very socially conscious law firm (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Like any law firm, work/life balance for lawyers is difficult (in 6 reviews)

  • It is all about billable hours and pleasing the partners (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good Stuff"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    *The corporate attorneys were, for the most part, really easy to work with. I started my legal career in NY (at a different firm), and the Perkins Portland lawyers treated the support staff with far more respect than I previously witnessed -- super refreshing.
    *If you've only ever worked in small offices prior to Perkins, you will be amazed at the resources. Seriously, there's a department/team for everything. It's kinda awesome.
    *Good pay and benefits, including sabbaticals for support staff, plus tons of parties/perks. This place loves to celebrate.

    Cons

    If you live out in the 'burbs, your commute is gonna be long and slow to Perkins/the Pearl District. That said, I believe Tri-Met has extended its MAX lines since we left the Portland area, so perhaps it's not as bad as it was in 2015(??). Garage parking was expensive, though it's in the same building, so very convenient if you can afford it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive, entrepreneurial workplace with good leadership.

    Cons

    A lot of people work from home

  3. "GL Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work, great atmosphere

    Cons

    Lots of overtime expected from the employees


  4. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, some really good departments, nice to have HQ in Seattle, loved the standing/sitting desks available.

    Cons

    Messages (from Management) to the Marketing department were not always in alignment with how the firm positions itself in terms of work/life balance. Disappointing to find out that the Marketing department had a long standing reputation as a "nightmare".


  5. "Legal Practice Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Practice Assistant
    Current Employee - Legal Practice Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Positive management
    Learning environment
    Down to earth attorneys - even on the partner level.
    Great benefits - seriously wonderful medical/dental.
    Central location
    Free stuff/Fun culture/Parties!
    Thank You Card program
    Wellness program
    Community Service Committee
    Pro Bono Committee
    Always advancement or learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Slow to react to HR issues.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and attorneys. We are all aiming for success.


  6. "Not what I expected"

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    Former Employee - Document Review Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Document Review Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facility with good bus service

    Cons

    Recruiters stressed how busy they were and how important attendance was, then didn't offer work for 3 weeks. Turned out it's sporadic for doc reviewers but have to commit to taking no other employment, so can end up being very unpleasant. Late notice, unfriendly, toxic

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication. Respect employees and their time.


  7. "Summer Associate"

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work, great mentorship, great opportunity

    Cons

    Too much fun at times

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Discovery Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Discovery Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Discovery Attorney in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Perkins Coie (More than a year)

    Pros

    The legal teams treated the discovery attorneys with respect and trusted us with important issues. Also, it's easy to tell that the leadership for the discovery services team genuinely cares about the discovery attorneys.

    Cons

    The downside in contract work is that you inevitably have days and weeks where there is no wor.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Client Accounting Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Accounting Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive in everything we do...I handle billing and it is a challenging job but worth it.

    Cons

    I truly do not have any cons for this job or company


  10. "paralegal"

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

    I worked at Perkins Coie part-time

    Pros

    nice work environment. busy work days

    Cons

    busy days. Morale is low.


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