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Perkins Coie Reviews

Updated June 14, 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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    • Senior Management
    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 for a "biglaw" job"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Just okay."

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Remote Work Policy for MOST groups
    Average Benefits
    On Site Cafe
    Average to low salaries except for those in HQ.

    Cons

    Really depends on the team you’re on. Management and leadership in many areas is out of touch. As with many law firms, it’s old school and traditional. Many people who have been there for 20 years. Not sure the younger generation will see the appeal to stick around.

    Advice to Management

    Law firms are always the last to change, but the workplace has evolved. Try to keep up or you’ll run into succession problems with your inability to keep younger, quality candidates.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work but going through administrative adjustments."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Perkins Coie full-time

    Pros

    Firm is proactive about diversity, community involvement and offer great benefits. Culture is one of inclusion and teamwork.

    Cons

    Work force reduction currently taking place with employees being tasked with more responsibilities and duties without extra pay.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about firm goals at the department level.


  10. "Operations Manager"

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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 Office Administrator - very fair

    Cons

    Recently moved to outsourced office services and hospitality team


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