Venable LLP Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2020

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3.3
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Venable LLP CEO Stuart Ingis
Stuart Ingis
10 Ratings
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  • "They could do a better job of ongoing training, but I think that goes for all law firms(in 5 reviews)

  • "Venable treats their support staff and paralegals like scum(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "No complaints so far"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant 

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    salary, work is not hard

    Cons

    I have no complaints so far besides commute

  2. "No Room for Growth for Younger Employees"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    Tuition Reimbursement and Amenities in the Building

    Cons

    Bureaucracy; Age Discrepancy; No Direct Opportunities for younger staff


  3. "Decent Firm Terrible Compensation"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work environment, nice new office building, great location, decent people.

    Cons

    HR is a nightmare. Many attorneys are unnecessarily difficult. Pay is below where it should be at a firm this size.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Meh..."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Level in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits, strong Director of HR who wants to make improvements but is often blocked by upper management. Compensation structure and bonuses among staff is average, among Attorneys is very competitive. A good place to work as support staff if you want an easy 9-5. Not great if you aspire to do more or want to work in upper management.

    Cons

    Upper management, aside from the actual HR department, is bland. Advancement is not encouraged, raises are minimal at best among staff and grow by leaps and bounds for upper management & attorneys. Very little diversity in staff and in thought process. There is no work schedule flexibility - it is still very much a "punch the clock", one hour in and out for lunch type of place. Depending on your direct supervisor more often than not you will be micromanaged.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "What can you say about this place...."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, and the perks are awesome. Venable has a very competitive package that makes it very attractive to join the firm. - Los Angeles office has a gym! - You can meet some nice people here.

    Cons

    This is a large firm that is compromised of other small firms that have been acquired by Venable. Cliques have been naturally formed based on previous firm association. - ”Some” attorneys can be rude, moody, not friendly to work with. - Los Angeles management has a tendency to lean/side with a complaining attorney rather than support staff . - High turnover - Work environment can be draining at times. You take the good with the bad.

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  6. "Great first job"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Practice Group Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good benefits; salary; hours; great managers and lawyers to work with

    Cons

    worked 10 am to 6 pm so hours a little different

  7. "Toxic Culture"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney 

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    Market salary, decent support staff

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, poor communication between associates and partners

  8. "Good balance"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Of Counsel in Washington, DC

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, reasonable and diverse clients

    Cons

    Compensation and lack of transparency

  9. "It was a good place to work."

    4.0
    Former Employee - Counsel in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting work and lots of good lawyers to work with.

    Cons

    Venable has been attempting to transition into a larger firm and has lost some of the character that made it a great place to work.

  10. Helpful (5)

    "You take the good with the bad."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    - You will be busy. If you’re looking to work hard and show your talents, you will have the opportunity (don’t expect a lot of praise). - Great benefits. - Some really nice people.

    Cons

    - Some really difficult personalities and a lack of management response. (You should have tough skin.) - Don’t expect to move up if youre a staff member and you’re not in the BA or DC offices. - Perpetually understaffed.

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