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Venable LLP Reviews

Updated January 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance (at least in the marketing department)" (in 4 reviews)

  • "For a law firm its size, it has a higher than normal percentage of down to earth, good to work with people" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "They could do a better job of ongoing training, but I think that goes for all law firms" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Long hours for some groups of the firm" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great firm with good reputation"

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

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

    Pros

    Associates work closely with partners

    Cons

    Easy to get overloaded with assignments


  2. "You take the good with the bad."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff and don’t just acknowledge low morale. Do something.

  3. "Supervisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Compensation and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to staff; dispute resolution isn't always fair. Advancement opportunities are rare.

    Advice to Management

    Consider opinions of all parties in disputes.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Worst law firm I ever worked at"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Venable has very competitive health coverage benefits. Also, hours are reasonable (average associate billable hours was about 1700 or so at the end of 2017).

    Cons

    Many partners in the West Coast offices are horrendous. They’re screamers, eccentric or mean, but they’re kept around because they have big books of business.

    Also, the LA office has a terrible reputation. Other attorneys offer condolences if they hear you came from Venable’s LA office.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the partners who are known bad apples, but who you keep around simply because they bring in a lot of revenues.


  5. "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    Great people and good work

    Cons

    Long hours no social life a lot of work


  6. "Best of both worlds"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked here as an attorney for 5+ years. I thought it was great firm to work for. It's not an AMLAW TOP 10 firm, but the quality of work is good and most of the attorneys were fun and down to earth.

    Cons

    Compensation can feel like its on the low end when compared to other AMLAW 100 firms. Bonuses are pretty paltry. Sometimes you have to work very long hours, but that's the reality of being a lawyer at any firm.


  7. "Tenured Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Venable LLP full-time

    Pros

    Above average pay once you have some tenure

    Cons

    With that pay becomes a loss of work life balance

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  10. 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.