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Venable LLP Reviews

Updated April 16, 2018
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance (at least in the marketing department) (in 3 reviews)

  • Good benefits, some great people to work with (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Like all law firms, there are firm politics in play (in 4 reviews)

  • Venable treats their support staff and paralegals like scum (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "See for yourself!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I must say I am so glad I made my own judgement and did NOT go by reviews. There are a plethora of benefits at Venable and still shocked at how competitive the salary is. During my interview process the staff was very candid about what to expect so I was prepared walking in the door. So far my experience has been awesome. I am extremely glad I chose wisely after being able to have options when it came to selecting my new employer!

    Cons

    I have been employed here for a little over a month and can't really think of any cons so far.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    Venable is a great employer with a healthy work environment.

    Cons

    Can be stuck on same cases for a long time.

  3. "Good for a Law Firm"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great office space with a top notch gym (with Peloton bikes)
    -Paid close to market (depending on practice area) with a predictable bonus (Either $4K/$5K/$6K for every 50 hours billed over 1900 billable hours (only 50 hours of pro bono hours count))
    -Nice people for the most part
    -DC office has delicious food
    -Good quality of work with an ok amount of client interaction

    Cons

    -not good work-life balance (this goes for most top law firms)

    Advice to Management

    Increase the per 50 billable hour bonus rate to make it worthwhile


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A mix of good and bad"

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

    Pros

    There are some good people to work with. You can learn a lot to take with you to your next job.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites and isn't really accepting of new ideas. The workload can be ridiculous at times. Some managers seem to think that no matter how busy you are, you could be doing more or you could be doing better. A lot of talk and little action when it comes to addressing departmental issues. It doesn't seem like it's possible to have much of a career here.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for management, they wouldn't listen anyway.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Venable LLP (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, and great PTO amounts

    Cons

    The staff is treated as second class citizens.


  6. "Legal Admin. Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and PTO amounts

    Cons

    Staff is treated as second class citizens. The attorneys are always correct, no matter how they treat people.


  7. "2017 Review"

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

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    Good people, good work, consistently improving.

    Cons

    Measured, and at times, conservative about growth.

  8. "Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    wonderful generous brilliant business staff

    Cons

    very long unrelenting hours of work


  9. "Good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    Collegiate environment where you can work with people you don't hate.

    Cons

    Like all law firms, there are firm politics in play.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Fine place to work, but very traditional and rigid management"

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working relationships with fellow colleagues and good location

    Cons

    Long hours, unreasonable expectations, little direct feedback from senior attorneys, almost impossible to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt more modern management practices and allow for more flexibility to create a better work-life balance.


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