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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Reviews

Updated August 28, 2018
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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Firm Chair James M. Rishwain, Jr
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Pros
  • "In relation to other biglaw, good work/life balance" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Both the partners and associates were helpful and supportive" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "You have absolutely no work-life balance" (in 5 reviews)

  • "It is a dynamic, large law firm that has high expectations for performance" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Client Services Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time

    Pros

    Great people and rewarding environment.

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities for staff.


  2. "PA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great building to work in

    Cons

    Too many office politics for my liking.

  3. "IT"

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

    I have been working at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pillsbury offers opportunity for advancement if you are willing to work for it. Salary is good and the benefits are well beyond comparable entities.

    Cons

    Being a law firm, the politics are rampant and initiatives are difficult to move forward if they induce change. Interdepartmental coordination can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more of the right resources, and streamline initiatives to align with company growth.


  4. "Practice Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time

    Pros

    Great management at the firm.

    Cons

    Co-workers who lack a sense of urgency.


  5. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The collaborative nature between the partners and associates is unlike any I've seen. I have wide latitude to take the initiative and interact directly with clients. I'm on a first name basis with most of my clients and interact directly with them daily. Pretty unheard of for being here only two years.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of. It's a great work environment

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Secretary"

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

    I have been working at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time

    Pros

    Employee Longevity; relaxed environment; convenient location to public transportation to and from home

    Cons

    High Deductible Health Plans; Located in Times Square; Outsourced support services


  7. "First Year Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collegiate environment; good guidance and mentorship from partners and senior associates. In relation to other biglaw, good work/life balance. Good commitment to diversity.

    Cons

    Some miscommunication in work delegation to associates among partners.

  8. "Patent Attorney/Patent Agent"

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

    I worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time

    Pros

    If you are a patent agent and want to attend law school part-time, the firm may pay for it (with a catch). Also, the firm is encouraging healthier lifestyles by offering yearly screenings, healthy snacks (once a week), and an ergonomic consult.

    Cons

    If you are a new patent agent or patent attorney starting fresh (e.g., little to no patent prosecution experience), be informed that the amount of training provided to get you up and running is quite minimal. In fact, once you have completed orientation, you start billing right away without being taught any claim drafting skills, client standards, or firm procedures. While you are expected to know some rules and regulations related to patent law to pass the patent bar, you probably are not exposed to the nitty gritty stuff during patent prosecution. To make things even more difficult, not a lot of people (who are very knowledgeable about patent prosecution) have much time (or are willing) to teach you all that stuff given the billable requirements. In such cases, you may only rely on feedback provided by those reviewing your work (which is inconsistent at best firmwide). Feedback provided ranges from degrading to don’t care much to quite constructive, but let me tell you that the majority of your peers probably prefer the ‘don’t care much’ category as it does not require much revision. If peers are to set examples on how to go about things, some of them may be setting pretty bad ones (e.g., things you need to do to prepare for writing a response to office action, or claiming strategies to overcome 101). Be warned that docketing is not reliable and be prepared to work off of your own ‘offline’ docket. Also with the turnover rate of patent agents, you may find yourself being fought over by some partners (with less than pleasant attitudes).

    Advice to Management

    Provide rigorous patent prosecution training to new hires; hire more knowledgeable and experienced support staff; ensure docketing accuracy; form consistent standards firmwide


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Sole focus on attorneys, not much on staff, poor firm support."

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for learning various new skills upon request.

    Cons

    Poor firm support especially in finance - firm continues to downsize and pile extra responsibilities on secretaries. Staff work under constant fear of being axed in next layoff. No consistency in work load between secretaries. No secretary support.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for honest feedback from staff, focus on some of the little day to day things in support of your staff, have more checks and balances for supervisory roles.


  10. "Former Associate"

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

    I worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Less Billing than other major firms

    Cons

    Not a lot of strategic direction


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