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Wiley Rein Reviews

Updated June 20, 2018
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  1. "Really great firm for recent grads"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wiley Rein full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wiley Rein is an awesome place to get your feet wet in Washington, D.C. The staff goes above and beyond to provide training and guidance in your first couple of months. Other project assistants/legal assistants are in their mid-upper 20's, and you'll be paired with a Legal Assistant mentor to help you out in your first year.

    Cons

    There is a bit of of a HR/Operations shake up happening in D.C. in general, so turnover is pretty high. Most Project Assistants and Legal Assistants only stay for two years, which can make long-term projects difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Hire/recruit BEFORE things get busy. Short-staffed periods are brutal.


  2. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wiley Rein full-time

    Pros

    The people I work with are great.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but antiquated business practices"

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

    I worked at Wiley Rein full-time

    Pros

    Wiley Rein is a great company if you have already seen the horrors of working in other Law Firm Enviroments. They have recently become more focused on promoting within by training and providing educational reimbursement. Wiley has a more than patient HR staff willing to listen team problems and don't mind addressing managers when something isn't correct

    Cons

    I think that if Wiley was to focus on attrition and maintaining good rapport with the staff like team building activities and manager to staff training they would be able to keep good workers interested

    Advice to Management

    Work on teambuilding and manager to staff interactions


  4. "Great place if you're deciding for law school"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wiley Rein full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are deciding if you want to go to law school. Because of the structure of the firm, you get to see what it's like being a first year associate because you are typically doing that type of work.

    Cons

    Lots of hours, but that comes with the work.


  5. "A great environment if HR wasn’t involved"

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    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wiley Rein full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Attorneys are great and your day to day work can be fulfilling. The co-workers are what keep you coming in every day.

    Cons

    It’s obvious that if you’re not an attorney you don’t matter to leadership.

    The new HR department is worse then the old one. They write vague and misleading policies and then bring the firm attorney in on meetings about the most minuscule complaints. They’re young and inexperienced and it shows. Rather than acknowledging that they lack in competence and basic HR knowledge they’ve turned complaints or even minor observations into a turf war that causes good employees to leave soon after being hired, many for better opportunities because the pay is well below market and the benefits don’t serve the needs of the younger employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your HR department. Staff may not interact with them regularly but if every time they do they are met with hostility and threats you shouldn’t be surprised to see many of your best and brightest jump ship as soon as a new option is available.
    Learn what new hires are looking for and maybe try getting some competent Human Resources employees.


  6. "Employee review"

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

    I have been working at Wiley Rein full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in. The company takes care of its employees. Great experience.

    Cons

    My trainer didn’t prepare me or assist me with tasks my position required.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Staff"

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

    I worked at Wiley Rein full-time

    Pros

    Firm reputation.
    Breakfast served once per week.

    Cons

    Management has inability to see its own flaws.
    Little respect for support staff in all areas.
    Disregard for policies and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Remove Managing Partner from management of support staff.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm!"

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

    I worked at Wiley Rein full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people who really care about you. Small enough office so everyone is on a first name basis. Take a genuine interest in your professional development.

    Cons

    They were starting to change this when I left, but the staff is treated differently than professionals. Had to clock-in (believe this is gone), couldn't join affinity groups, etc.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Culture Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wiley Rein full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great and some good employees

    Cons

    Overall environment has changed dramatically. Not the same firm


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Support Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wiley Rein full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits Great Location two major metro rail lines

    Cons

    Shading and Backstabbers and they under pay unless they really like you

    Advice to Management

    Learn People SAkills and Tell the truth


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