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Wiley Rein Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. "Really great firm for recent grads"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "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


  3. "Dysfunction"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mr. Wiley was an inspirational figure.

    Cons

    WR was a firm that touted a certain culture, but practiced the complete opposite. The distinct difference in treatment of the administrative functions was unreal. The fact that the organization allowed senior managers to mismanage a group so badly and allow the professionals in the group to have their careers wasted is a poor reflection on the leadership of the Firm.

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of the way if you're not going to help. Otherwise, focus on the real problem and leave innocent employees alone.


  4. "Loved my interview and on-boarding experience."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The WR recruiter I worked with through the interview and orientation process was amazing. The on-boarding orientation/training was helpful and I felt at home shortly after the day I arrived for day one training. All of the HR, training, and practice group team members have been wonderful.

    Cons

    I live in MD, so looking for an affordable place in DC can be discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    None. You are doing well!


  5. "Legal Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really supportive environment, with attorneys who care about their paralegals. Although there is a lot of work and a lot is demanded of you, it is easy to get along with everyone. Great place to work and learn what it's like to work in a law firm.

    Cons

    Attorneys sometimes do not understand how long a project will take; long work hours with relatively low compensation. However, excellent benefits and overtime.


  6. "Legal Secretary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Support Specialist in Clinton, MD
    Current Employee - Legal Administrative Support Specialist in Clinton, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice company to work for, their very employee oriented.

    Cons

    Inconsistent raise; not on a yearly basis.

    Advice to Management

    Implementation of yearly raises.


  7. "Great benefits; interesting work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing overtime pay, and a good work-life balance for legal staff.

    Cons

    Workload may be a bit unpredictable. Some days can be a bit slow and leave by 5, while other days are very hectic with 10-12 hour workdays.


  8. "Marketing/Graphic Designer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing/Graphic Designer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing/Graphic Designer in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great employees and wonderful location; the employees are very progressive and considerate with work and personal life of each and you can develop wonderful relationships

    Cons

    Do not use the latest software

    Advice to Management

    continue to upgrade


  9. "Working at Wiley Rein"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well-known in their areas of focus - Government Contracts and Communications law. Good financial benefits if you can make it past the waiting period. Attorneys are generally friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Some archaic business practices and technology. Shrinking practice groups. Old building in desperate need of renovation.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Overall, good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small office inter-personal relationships in a larger law firm which promotes a healthier work environment that most large law firms. Great training programs.

    Cons

    Working overtime is a difficult thing to manage. There are some people who work a ton and their attorneys are happy to sign off on overtime, but others who really do not like signing off on overtime hours.


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