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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Reviews

Updated July 8, 2017
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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Firm Chair James M. Rishwain, Jr
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Pros
  • It is a very good law firm to work for (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great salary, opportunities for growth if you really want to stay in the corporate legal field (in 4 reviews)

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

  • Not room for growth in management, senior level employees have usually been with the company 8 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Overall Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Client Service Assistant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Client Service Assistant in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary, opportunities for growth if you really want to stay in the corporate legal field.

    Cons

    I do not really have any cons.


  2. "Pillsbury - Great Partners"

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    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!

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Paralegal"

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    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".


  4. "High standards (a good thing)"

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    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.


  5. "Client services assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good benefits, good hours, nice working environment

    Cons

    Repetitive, not mentally challenging, often not enough work to keep you busy

    Advice to Management

    Create on the job development opportunities for career growth


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Manager in Information Technology"

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    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.


  7. "Counsel"

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    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.

  8. "Good overall experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company that has good perks for their employees. As the Nashville office grew, people are now able to advance within.

    Cons

    Some staff moved from different offices which is completely understandable. This put a temporary ceiling on growth opportunity until the growth happened.


  9. "Review"

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

    Pros

    The environment at Pillsbury is great. I enjoy working with my co-workers. The firm has a great culture that promotes diversity and inclusiveness.

    Cons

    The firms focuses a lot on the attorneys. There needs to be more focus on staff and staff retention.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support staff. Think of ways to focus on employees that are not attorneys.


  10. "Technology Department"

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive for some and entry for others
    Benefits are good

    Cons

    Not enough time given for training.

    Advice to Management

    Stage out training for new hires


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