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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Firm Chair James M. Rishwain, Jr
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  • You have absolutely no work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Being a law firm, obviously it tries to recruit attorneys and keep them pleased (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Pillsbury - Great Partners"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Attorney in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Attorney in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above market pay, but most of all amazing partners to work for. They act like a team rather than separate firms under one roof.

    Cons

    No complaints, fair expectations for a job of this caliber.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing great!


  2. "Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Timekeeper in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Timekeeper in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dental benefits and free parking. I've only worked with two partners over a period of 5-7 years at Pillsbury that take care of the staff that work for them.

    Cons

    Unattainable billing requirement, poor management, lack of confidentiality within management. Billable timekeepers are expected to feed the machine by any means necessary. You are expected to work 12 hour days 6 days a week. You have absolutely no work-life balance. In the VA office the staff bonuses and raises are decided by two women, and they have their "favorites". Unfortunately, if you aren't one of the chosen ones, you're out of luck. The situation is only compounded by the division of "your work horses" and "your spongers". Pillsbury doesn't care about quality of work product; they care about making money.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house starting with Management. Supervisors/managers who have been at Pillsbury for a long time need to either move into a new role, switch offices or leave. The water is stagnant, you need new people with fresh ideas. You don't need brown nosers, who go running to equity partners when they don't get their way or managers who give staff free passes who attend their church. The staff would like an ambassador. Partners need to step up to the plate and start taking care of the ones who take care of them, i.e. support staff. Richard Branson said it best "Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients".

  3. "High standards (a good thing)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney (Corporate Law) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney (Corporate Law) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    All law firms pay lip service to "quality" as a core value, but this one means it. Good record with diversity including female lawyers in key roles.

    Cons

    Used to be some political divisions between certain groups in San Francisco and Palo alto, but that has lessened... and politics aren't unusual at firms like this, of course. Devoted to international growth but historically struggled, esp UK/Europe.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for associates from varying practices and offices to get to know each other in small groups, beyond big "retreats" or practice-centric events.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager in Information Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Knowledge Development Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Knowledge Development Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is a national thought leader in law-firm management having consolidated administrative functions and did very will to bring those groups to a lower-cost center here in Nashville. Dealing particularly in technology for attorneys, I found that the Global Operations Center provided for collaboration with highly-skilled colleagues and good leaders immediately within the company and that being here in Nashville made reaching out to the broader legal and technical community very easy in order to attend training seminars to keep up on technical skills.

    Cons

    Management made efforts to help our teams work in cross-functional ways and as productive individuals. I found very little about which to complain.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. It's a wonderful firm.


  5. "Counsel"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counsel in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Counsel in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Positive working environment for a large NY law firm. Significant opportunities to advance if you are willing to put in the time and effort.

    Cons

    As Pillsbury expanded the decision making has become decentralized and more numbers/hours oriented.


  6. "Great Firm, Not-So-Great Opportunities for Further Career Advancement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IP Legal Secretary in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - IP Legal Secretary in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team members; excellent senior management; superior staff benefits.

    Cons

    Cronyism on the part of some mid-level managers; limited opportunities for staff to continue career progression with the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Create a viable and attainable career track for employees to strive towards to avoid risk of employees feeling they need to leave in order to achieve those goals.


  7. "Secretary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are generally nice, mainly Staff, as some attorneys don't give you a second glance or acknowledge your "hello" unless they need something from you. Great Benefits including Back-Up Child Care which is a huge bonus for working parents. The HR department is very supportive and helpful (if not overruled).

    Cons

    The Firm has outsourced so many departments and duties that the secretaries enjoyed and added great value to our positions. They claim "industry norms" are their reasoning and they will soon get rid of all secretaries and move to practice assistants that service the group as a pool. The practice assistant pay is so low that no one other than a young person out of college could sustain living in this area on that salary, barely. Its a strategic move on their part.

    Advice to Management

    Place greater value on "people" not ranking or money. We were once a firm, prior to being Pillsbury, that supported its Village, who really cared for the people who have spent their lives giving to the firm and were rewarded for it and not throw out due to outsourcing. We have families too and want to be successful and support those around us. The Firm is in a good financial position, they can do want they want and allow people to keep their jobs. They choose not too and use "industry norms" as their reasoning. I realize the world is changing but person relationships and intimate knowledge of how your attorneys work and the clients needs is still and important attribute of the Secretary that is needed.

  8. "Senior Legal Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic subject matter for cases; smart, veteran colleagues; support professional development; good compensation, and benefits; respect for contributing to success of Firm.

    Cons

    Billing rates very high; not very good communication between people you with and HR; sometimes superiors have lack of understanding, patience for the scope and time it takes to complete a task well.


  9. "Legal Secretary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    Attorneys are great to work with. No egos. Very smart.

    Cons

    Not busy. No advancement. Favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Staff add value.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work and great people"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pillsbury has great pay for the area. The benefits are decent, and using paid time off is encouraged. Managers are reasonable and listen to their employees. Working here, you feel like you give 110% when you're on, and then you don't have to take your work home with you. It's a wonderful job with the potential to become a good career. Also, the work environment is wonderful.

    Cons

    Being a law firm, obviously it tries to recruit attorneys and keep them pleased. Unfortunately, sometimes it feels like the attorney support staff have little say in firm decisions. Like with any job, it can get quite stressful as deadlines approach. Sometimes the blame game gets played a little too often. As long you don't take things personally and keep a cool head, then you have nothing to worry about.

    Advice to Management

    It would be awesome if they include the support staff in major decisions so that they feel less like servants and more like the vital part of the firm's operations (which they are).


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