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Perkins Coie Reviews

Updated September 13, 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 15 reviews)

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

  • "The same as any other law firm, which are not deal-breakers; people who create unnecessary stress, billing quota requirements and pecking order" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    high pay (for Seattle), interesting work, beautiful office, a prestigious job in Seattle (relatively unknown outside of Seattle)

    Cons

    Terrible culture, very limited path to partnership, the patent group is losing clients very fast (associates not busy), the leader of the patent group has a reputation for crossing the line with women, not a good place for women (especially in the patent group), high turn over (99% associates in the patent group have left),

    Perkins claims to "match" the market scale for pay. However, this is not true. Perkins has a ranking and range system, where associates rank within a salary range. The top of the range is a match to market pay without a bonus, but everything else is well below market pay. Most associates place in the middle of the range.

    Perkins has a monopoly on the Seattle market for incoming law students. It has the best reputation in the area, so many top law school students select it. However, now that more firms are expanding their Seattle offices, I suggest looking into those firms.

    Advice to Management

    Stop losing clients because partners refuse to power over to associates, don't be afraid to call out the leader of the patent group for crossing the line with young women. Don't wait until the end of the year to write ambiguous associate reviews that leave the door open for the review committee to interpret things negatively in case it turns out a partner does not like an associate. Go back to your roots of being a nice Seattle based firm that charges less than the other big law firms, but provides the same service.

    Be nice to your associates leaving, most of them end up in-house at the top companies in the area. We remember how Perkins treated us. It is not surprising that Perkins is losing ground with all the major Seattle companies.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Progressive for BigLaw but still a lot of work to be done"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No Jerks
    Intelligent Coworkers
    Competetive Salaries
    Generous Vacation
    Good Health Insurance
    Progressive Company Culture

    Cons

    Little Room for Development outside of a Niche Area
    Absolutely Zero Boundaries/Low Work-Life Balance

    Advice to Management

    Partners can be overly protective of associates and this creates stagnation for associates to branch out and take on new projects. People get stuck doing things they hate exclusively/can't grow from because partners won't let them work for other partners.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Demanding work and deadlines"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package, offer sabbaticals for long term staff

    Cons

    Many difficult personalities, extremely demanding


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