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Updated February 20, 2017
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  1. "jParalegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    the people can be nice

    Cons

    not enough opportunities or attention placed on staff development


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    "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, Good amount of PTO, Most of the attorneys are great to work with

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, bonus does not reflect work, benefits are expensive, limited options for professional growth, executives making the policies do not understand the profession

    Advice to Management

    Take time to learn about the jobs people do before implementing policy changes that discourage employees from caring about their work and its quality and the effort they give to ensuring the best service to the clients. By trying to save money in these policy changes you will loose money in the long term and loose valuable employees and their talent that has helped Venable establish the reputation it has.


  3. "IT Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Some nice co-workers.

    Cons

    They don't care about their employees. Job eliminated after working for them 18 + years. Managers do nothing to keep their best employees. No room to grow in this organization. They will let you go in a heartbeat and don't care.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from with in and encourage your employees. Get rid of middle management.


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  5. "Stressful, Unorganized and No Growth"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You received a good amount of time off

    Cons

    Working at Venable is very stressful. There is no organization there, management does not value their employees and all managers aren't meant to be managers. There is no opportunity for growth within the company even when you ask for it. They would rather hire someone from the outside than promote the people they have from within. Management doesn't back their employees when it comes to policies and procedures and even when the attorney is dead wrong you still get blamed. The culture of Venable is throw every one under the bus.

    Advice to Management

    There need to be more competent managers in place and they need to value their greatest assets more (your employees) offer better growth opportunities. No one should be in the same job for 10+ years if they don't want to be and even if they did push them to do better


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    "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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

    Pros

    I worked at this for one year. The benefits were excellent and he support staff was helpful.

    Cons

    I have no comment re cons.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management.


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    "Abusive Work Environment"

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

    Pros

    The attorneys at Venable are competent, well-educated people for the most part.

    Cons

    Specific individuals contribute to a highly abusive work environment, and leadership does very little to curb the behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership and management must work harder to ensure that the work environment is not actively hostile.


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    "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Interim Operations Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Interim Operations Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Daily attire is business casual unless meeting with clients; good work life balance; management sponsors monthly social activities to boost staff morale and improve relations among employees.

    Cons

    Salary is competitive coming in but raises based on merit is very low; medical insurance and dental is somewhat expensive unless you select ppo plan(s).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on improving relations among employees; consider raising merit increases to above 3 percent..


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Extremely dysfunctional and unfriendly litigation support staff"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Century City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    HR is flexible and tries to accommodate support staff requests. Non-litigation secretaries are generally pleasant. Office services are responsive and most of them are pleasant.

    Cons

    Every single staffing company I've spoken with has admitted that the Venable office in Century City, CA has a difficult environment and not everyone fits. Management openly admits that the environment is "unique" and not everyone fits. That must be true since they cannnot keep support staff - Venable has often fired staff or not renewed temp assigments, and often posts job openings.

    The litigation section is an extremely hostile and unfriendly environment. Secretaries are hostile and unfriendly to temps and constantly complain about each other to HR.

    Secretaries unfairly complain about the office services staff, who are excellent. Venable has an extraordinarily high percentage of secretaries whose prime purpose in life seems to whine and make trouble for other people.

    Excellence is not recognized, since both HR and secretaries complain about secretaries who have poor litigation skills. HR ignores secretaries who spend most of the day gossiping and "visiting" so pressure is put on other secretaries to do multiple same-day filings for 6 or 7 attorneys, since their own secretaries simply refuse to do the filings, saying they are "too busy" and then spend their time gossiping with other secretaries while the other secretaries are doing their work.

    Some long-time secretaries and other support staff secretly admit to the dysfunctional environment, but they are afraid to lose their jobs, so people only talk in whispers.

    Litigation attorneys and litigation secretaries walk around openly cussing in the hallways and partners stand around in the hallways at their secretaries' desks asking what color underwear their secretaries are wearing.

    Venable seems to enjoy having this type of environment, since the Century City office has had this reputation for decades.

    Advice to Management

    There 's no advice to give, since Management is aware of this atmosphere and ignores it. Management seems to enjoy having lots of complainers on staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not stuffy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    This law firm has a good attitude toward work life balance. For the most part, partners were fair and reasonable. Fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    It's a law firm, even if it's a more humane one. People work hard but have fun and socialize as well.

    Advice to Management

    I think management should continue listening to it's employees and making changes to accommodate its diverse workforce.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A lot of turn-around from attorneys and support staff..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice location, decent benefits, bagels on Fridays... That's about it.

    Cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Lawyers are running the firm and they're out of control. HR will bend-over backwards and kneel to their needs. Dysfunction within each practice group and there is no cohesiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Get a backbone. Management should LISTEN and LEARN more about the support staff.



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