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Wiley Rein Reviews

Updated April 3, 2019
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  1. "Career growth and nice people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many employees are still here after many years and have great firm knowledge. The location couldn't be better and it is super close to the White House. The people are overall friendly compared to other firms and care about the employees. There are always staff events to attend and they do a great job of making you feel included.

    Free weekly breakfast is always a plus!

    Cons

    Teleworking is limited. Downtown parking is expensive.


  2. "Needs some work"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Set path for career advancement

    Cons

    High Turnover, No Work life Balance

    Advice to Management

    If a practice group is constantly loosing employees make some changes.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bad middle management, some good staff and attorneys"

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

    I worked at Wiley Rein full-time

    Pros

    I found there to be talented workers looking to bring value to the firm through hard work. Some good, genuine people including some attorneys.

    Cons

    I found some of the middle manages on the support staff to be incompetent at management. It seemed their approach was built on generating fear through abusive and toxic interactions. I found work life balance to be untenable especially in a staff capacity. Also found some of the worker bee staff to be lacking in the wherewithal to handle things themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Build a culture that invests in and rewards talented staff. Build a culture that does not accept verbal abuse and unreasonable demands on staff that are already stretched. Discipline managers who cannot adhere to this - they are costing the firm money due to constant turnover and should be accountable just like any business deal gone bad. That should include relieving them of those duties.


  4. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wiley Rein full-time

    Pros

    I can't think of anything at the moment.

    Cons

    ALL WORK NO PAY. A lot of politics.


  5. "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


  6. 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


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.