Weil Gotshal Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2020

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3.8
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49 Ratings
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  • "Long hours, unpredictability, unclear expectations(in 14 reviews)

  • "Long hours but that is to be expected at any law firm and here you are compensated well for your time(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "HR Coordinator"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weil Gotshal full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, positive environment with room for growth. Provides training and development.

    Cons

    Can't think of many cons

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Less than 1% of the people in this place are happy"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology 

    I worked at Weil Gotshal full-time

    Pros

    Vacation time. And you will need every second of it to recover and get back to work, if you can take it. If you are an attorney or senior paralegal, you make good money. Everyone else's comp is average for their position.

    Cons

    At every job position there is abuse. All attorneys abuse themselves with too much work. Senior attorneys abuse junior attorneys. Many attorneys then abuse people in other roles at a whim. It's better than it used to be, but the way the attorneys used to treat people 15-20 years ago should have been illegal. Now its just simply overbearing. Many attorneys have a god complex and think what they are doing is the most important thing in the world. I survived for over 10 years, got promoted, etc. It's not until you leave and go someplace normal that you realize how terrible the environment is. Anyone who is not an attorney should never work here. Find anything else, it's better. Trust me. This isn't what you want.

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  3. "It's big law"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weil Gotshal full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wonderful people, competitive, well respected

    Cons

    Expectations, workload, culture, opportunity, transparency

  4. "Great"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Weil Gotshal full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great benefits, people, PTO and hours

    Cons

    Weil is an amazing place to work

  5. "Great Company, Very Political"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weil Gotshal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    company seems to actually care about staff, firm has a lot of resources, respectable reputation, people are generally nice/pleasant

    Cons

    office politics are extreme, as are egos and complexes.

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  6. "Best of big law"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weil Gotshal full-time

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers, smart partners who want you to learn, top caliber work

    Cons

    Demanding hours, required to be available 24/7

  7. "IT Coordinator"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weil Gotshal full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to learn and room for growth

    Cons

    None that come to mind

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Weil is a sweatshop"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Weil Gotshal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The cafeteria is cheap and pretty decent.

    Cons

    Partners appear to have almost a sadistic desire to make associates' life as miserable as possible. An email with a huge and boring assignment sent on Friday night is not an exception, it is the rule. Frankly, if you don't get one, make sure to refresh your browser, it is definitely in your mailbox already waiting for you. Weekends? What weekends? Weekends are just the days when you can do document review from the comfort of your own couch instead of super bad office chairs. Interesting work? Fascinating cases? What a joke. For the first two years, you will be doing doc review day in and day out with no end in sight. Culture? Culture is toxic. People pride themselves on having no life, no hobbies, no joy, and no sleep. Half the office is taking Adderal or Zanax, another half takes both. It is hard to judge them, you do what you got to do to survive. Expected work availability - 24/7. Don't you dare take a nap! "This is Weil, not some job in the Midwest” - might be an actual quote from a partner. You billed less than 50 hours last week? You are so lazy, here is another doc review project, make sure you keeping your numbers up. Oh, you billed more than 50 last week. LAZY! If you below 70, you still have time. Feedback? Typically none, but sometimes you will get screamed at for making the smallest mistake. Diversity? Haha. That's a great one. For Pride Month, they changed a logo to a rainbow. That’s enough, right? Right? Mentoring? What mentoring? I got a lunch with my mentor once, six other people were also present. Discussion evolved around TV shows that aired before I was born.

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  9. "Decent for biglaw"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Weil Gotshal full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    sophisticated work and excellent training

    Cons

    strenuous hours and travel, little transparency on promotion prospects

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  10. "It's New York"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Weil Gotshal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, cafeteria, location, by Central Park

    Cons

    It's New York, most people burn out in 2 years

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