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Snell & Wilmer Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  1. "Really decent place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends

    I have been working at Snell & Wilmer full-time

    Pros

    Management is engaged but they don’t micromanage. Nobody breathing down your neck. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    They could do better with Holiday bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Snell & Wilmer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a great firm to work for

    Cons

    No, cons. The firm does it best to keep staff trained in updated technology and legal updates

  3. "Good Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good hands on experience, good support from leadership

    Cons

    Long hours with not enough pay


  4. "Treats employees like typical big-law firm but in small-law market"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Snell & Wilmer full-time

    Pros

    Above average compensation for Salt Lake City Market

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Difficult place to build book of business. Mentorship and training program is sub-par.

    Advice to Management

    Help employees grow in their careers and deliver on promises and you might cut down on the level of turnover.


  5. "Overall, great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Staff in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Snell & Wilmer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, recent changes in leadership bring new energy to the firm.

    Cons

    Behind the curve on some things.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of change. Embrace it!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Legal subordinate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Snell & Wilmer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Staff suppotive, team efforts are applied, no resources from that, there is not a comfortable work ethic between staff and attorney, there is a seniority wall as who can join the clique and who doesn't, very awkward, leave the day feeling of being at Whitehouse before a bill is passes... hopeless efforts, stuffy atmosphere, there is favorites, couldn't help the think that being a non-member hurt my standing, hope it gets sorted soon, they do give great give aways!

    Cons

    Attys too stuffy, don't like to mingle with staff, need open up get to know staff, care and little, people with feeling too, poor morale

    Advice to Management

    When you care make employees happy, they will show you how much they like they're jobs!!! More incentives, bonus


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Legal File Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal File Clerk in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Legal File Clerk in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Snell & Wilmer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Top Tier Corporate Law Firm
    -Great Entry Level Experience
    - Some of the brightest legal minds in the State
    -Modern Building and Amenities
    - In the heart of a blossoming area in Downtown PHX (5th and Van Buren)
    - Qualitative Professional and **Administrative Staff**
    - Alot of great events throughout the year specifically for Administrative Staff ie. Holiday parties, Staff Appreciation Days, the S&W Carnival. When the AZ Cardinals were in the playoff in 2015-2016 season there were a number of firm-wide celebratory events
    - One of the vending machines in the 10th floor Lunchroom had a glitch where you put in a single quarter and you could get two candy bars from the slot. You had to punch in the specific item though. Came across this one out by chance.

    Cons

    - The HR management is frankly a flock of old birds who harbor some old world mentalities ie. knitpicking clock in times, sending people home for minor attire issues
    - Some very complex attorney personalities, sometimes required tiptoeing in the work place
    - the Secretaries, along with most of the administrative staff, are some of the most miserable people people i've ever worked with, some more than others (depending what floor you worked on)
    - theres alot of old blood that runs the firm, they need to modernize their workforce and add more youth to the workplace
    - Not much room for job growth unless you have some pull or favoritism with HR

    Advice to Management

    Bring in New Talent, Revamp HR, Work on Attorney Development

  8. "Professional Staff"

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

    Pros

    Very professional attorneys and staff; well managed firm.

    Cons

    Not a lot of social interaction.


  9. "Client Intake Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Snell & Wilmer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generous vacation and PTO. Good working conditions. Benefits and decent pay.

    Cons

    Health ins. premiums to cover family are too high

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Run... Don't walk away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Snell & Wilmer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Higher salary than most law firms.

    Cons

    Extreme separation between staff and attorneys. It's quite appalling. No respect for the staff. No free parking. Not the best downtown location. Arizona Center is boring and needs to be renovated badly to keep up with the rest of downtown Phoenix.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with some respect. Just because everyone does not have a J.D. doesn't mean they are not as good as you. When an employee puts in many years of dedicated service and handles the ebbs and flows of the industry with grace, don't treat them like they are not valued. This law firm has a "my way or the highway" mentality. They just don't care about their employees and it shows.

    Human Resources has no idea what happens on the floors, it's a joke how they run things. Very gossipy and unprofessional.


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