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Perkins Coie Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Comm Litigation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative and entrepreneurial environment where creativity is encouraged. Upward mobility possible in almost every area and level. Not like a law firm "mill" like Cravath.

    Cons

    No European presence. Slow to embrace the 21st Century in terms of working from home for staff.


  2. "Great Place to Work, Like They Say"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Commitment to diversity, flexibility, great people, super interesting work.

    Cons

    It's client service industry. Sometimes you are working on someone else's schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  3. "Counsel at Perkins Coie"

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    Current Employee - Counsel in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Counsel in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. (Generally) Humane partners.

    Cons

    Salary is not quite market.


  4. "opportunities differ widely depending on your team"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is about $4k in training money from HR every year. You will be reimbursed if you fill out the forms and pass the classes.

    Excellent medical and dental benefits.

    There is a surprisingly high percentage of nice people.

    The red wagon is a unique perk for the Headquarters floors. Every couple months two people bring a Radio Flyer wagon filled with alcohol and snacks around the floor.

    There are some incredible pro bono cases. I am proud to be a member of the firm that got Sara Kruzan out of prison.

    Cons

    Job openings are rare, departures are rare, and additional positions are rarely added. Don't expect any battlefield promotions. All of the position changes I have seen during my time here were from people who had worked here for at least 5 years. The sole exception was by far the most competent people I have ever met.

    Most of your coworkers have been here for at least a decade and a few of them have given up on learning new things.

    Some teams and people get all the opportunities. If you are on the wrong team, then this is the best dead-end job you will ever have.

    You will learn skills here but many of them are not transferable outside of the legal industry.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "HR Professional."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not too demanding of a job as everyone moves with the gait of a snail. So pretty decent salary with minimal expectations.

    Cons

    Stodgy and lazy environment. Everyone acts as though they have important things to do when in reality there is really nothing to do (as an aside, one of my colleagues showed up to about 50% of the time and no one seemed to understand why. I don't fault him/her as there really wasn't much to do) Stifled each time I bounced any new idea off my manager and my enthusiasm was turned against me. Not only was I told not to volunteer for extra projects in an effort to assist partner departments, I was instructed not to speak to upper management even if their doors were wide open and not even to exchange pleasantries. It all sniffed a bit of my long tenured superior having the fear that her underling was outshining her. I was therefore managed straight out of a job (that quite honestly, she could have done herself and the firm could have saved money from the reduction of an extraneous salary).

    Bottom line, the HR department is window dressing as nothing monumental is really accomplished within it. And nothing needs to be. The bread is buttered by the lawyers upstairs.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of new ideologies and new methods to accomplish things. It's laughable to punish enthusiasm and energy. I'll take those traits where they'll be admired.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Perkins Coie professionals"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, great environment
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    Cons

    Great teams ... no cons!

    Advice to Management

    Great team.


  7. "NA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great cafeteria, free gym and good access to public transportation

    Cons

    Not comfortable sharing at this time

    Advice to Management

    NA

  8. Helpful (4)

    "LLC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Perkins Coie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good and include sabbatical and excellent employee awards

    Cons

    Human Resources management unfair, opaque and misguided

    Advice to Management

    New human resources management


  9. "Legal Secretary"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits; great staff, good work-life balance, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Lack of communication; not enough done to find solutions, some feeling of separation between staff and attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    Speak with your staff, ask them for suggestions and find out how to keep them happy. View them as team members instead of subordinates (I don't think the managing partner ever so much as said hello to me).


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Perkins Coie Equates To Pretense"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Prior to 2009 Perkins was a good company, would not recommend now with current management.

    Cons

    Management regularly retaliates on older staff, and lie. Rampant sexual harassment by partners, pretense regarding missions and principles, many attorneys are not honest, and do not live by the ethics they swore to uphold when taking their oath.

    Advice to Management

    Management and attorneys stop lying and tell the truth


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