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Snell & Wilmer Reviews

Updated January 12, 2017
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  1. "Legal File Clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. "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.


  3. "Client Intake Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Run... Don't walk away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support
    Current Employee - Support
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Snell & Wilmer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Morale is very good. People are treated well and feel appreciated. I love this place.

    Cons

    Having to go downtown each day, and brave the traffic!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Staff not appreciated at all.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Needs an overhaul of practices"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits such as paid leave, vacation, 401K, healthcare

    Cons

    management, employee care, emotional abuse, ignorance of better practices, difficulty of easiest solutions, rewards based off seniority instead of hard work and ethics. Lots of drinking at work and complete separation between practice groups and attorneys and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people versus spending so much effort on the appearance of value on paper. You can say you appreciate people as much as you like but if you do not show it when it matters it will be believed. You have a new group of individuals working for you and if you want to keep staff and reduce turnover you need to update your processes of rewards and promotions. It is despicable to see how much money is pent on client events and attorney events when the best thing for the workplace is to boost morale through all tiers of staff. This can easily be done by reducing hierarchies and creating a collaborative effort of colleagues versus the mentality of superiors.


  9. "CA office."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Snell & Wilmer full-time

    Pros

    People are generally nice, and chill environment. Some attorneys even proudly show off that they do not check their emails on weekends or non-business hours.

    Cons

    Not enough billable work to go around for the associates. Associates take advantage of pro bono work counting as billable work with no cap so they bill a lot of bogus pro bono hours to make the yearly billable requirement. No one verifies if the pro bono hours are legit.

    Advice to Management

    Better due diligence to find partners that actually have a real book of business. See a lot of non-equity partners come in and out, promising a lot of work, showing up with very little work, and using the firm to hang out for a couple of years to move on to something better.


  10. "Decent place to work at"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible hours, fairly generous paid leave and personal time, stable pay, nice office, and paid parking. Work is generally easy, but lacks in stimulation and quickly becomes tedious and repetitive.

    Cons

    Pay could be better and there are little to no opportunities for advancement for entry level positions unless you intend on going to law school or paralegal school.

    Some of the more senior attorneys are highly condescending and won't even acknowledge you if you try to greet them when they are walking by.

    Workload fluctuates frequently and our office was understaffed, which meant there was no one to look to for assistance when work overflowed.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay or add some type of incentive to meet billable goals. I knew paralegals slaving away with 50-60+ hour weeks, billing well over 5-6 times their salary, but never got anything in return.

    Provide direct and immediate feedback for problems as they arise rather than wait until the biannual reviews.

    Hire more staff to be able to handle large volume clients.


  11. "Don't do it"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and benefits are awesome!

    Cons

    Everything... Management and the employees. They let their secretaries get away with everything. They treat them like they are the rulers of the office. If you're beneath them be prepared to be treated poorly. Reminds me a lot of high school with plenty of clicks and mean girls.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better.



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