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Updated March 23, 2017
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  1. "Great Firm"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer
    Current Employee - Lawyer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Williams Mullen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very well managed, great opportunities for sophisticated work, and a fun group of colleagues.

    Cons

    None I can think of at this time.


  2. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wonderful team, strong marketing support, lots of perks for employees (FSA, gym reimbursements), beautiful office in Richmond

    Cons

    Corporate atmosphere can be stifling


  3. "Legal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Williams Mullen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good life/work balance; lots of vacation time and flexibility.

    Cons

    Poor monetary compensation; decent bonuses stopped years ago.

    Advice to Management

    You need to learn what the legal assistants really do, and what they have to deal with.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worked here for 10+ years as paralegal, overall was satisfied with job."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Williams Mullen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many perks / appreciation for staff. Efforts are usually recognized. They seem to recognize people have human circumstances despite corporate atmosphere in most situations. Strong benefits.

    Cons

    It is a corporate company, so standard procedures to be followed, and sometimes can be hard to conform to. Paralegals have billable hour requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to not segregate b/t paralegals and secretaries, causes some division in moral.


  6. "Run, Don't Walk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Williams Mullen full-time

    Pros

    Pros? It's a law firm I suppose. Certain partners seemed likable and professional. Staff was friendly.

    Cons

    Specific to the Tysons office: Associate training is nonexistent. Partners are disorganized and give conflicting orders, then take it out on anyone who might, very naturally, be confused. You might think Williams Mullen would feel like a large, professional law firm, but the Tysons office may as well be an entirely separate firm. The firm is notoriously cheap. Several partners work out of Tysons, but clients tend to be small companies and individuals. If you fall behind on billables, you will be asked why you're not marketing in order to generate your own billable hours--this is a ridiculous expectation for junior associates;.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long, hard look at how you manage associates and staff. This profession is withering on the vine because the people running things are unable to conceive of anything new, and are committed to blaming everyone but themselves.


  7. "Administrative"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rewards smart employees
    Good environment for the hungry, independent administrative worker

    Cons

    Management tends to side with attorneys without input from staff
    Economic downturn means doing more with less (on the upswing, however)

    Advice to Management

    None. Law firms have a set structure


  8. "I have worked hard and learned a lot."

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

    I have been working at Williams Mullen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is the people. The people are hard working, fair, and good natured. Other benefits include the salary and facilities.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is the uncertainly. There is no guarantee of work flow. It can very tremendously from week to week, month to month, year to year.


  9. "Wonderful Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Williams Mullen full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful, calm workplace, great benefits, great people, open-door management

    Cons

    Don't have any to share.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the level of accessibility.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Collegial atmosphere, good partners, poor attorney development"

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Williams Mullen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Partners were very friendly, but the firm had little strategy for junior associate development and training.

    Cons

    Very old-school, conservative firm atmosphere, more formal than expected. Partner driven; not alot of room for associate initiative.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Williams Mullen is struggling to find it's footing with new management and officers."

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    Current Employee - Staff in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Staff in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Many attorneys are down to earth, understanding and appreciateive of the hard work the staff accomplish. Most staff work very hard and are always willing to help attorneys and other staff members with any issues or any training needed.

    Cons

    Management institutes policies on all staff that should really be handled with each individual employee. Case in point, today we were welcomed to work with a new policy of having a "time clock". It's the old bad apple syndrome. Rather than dealing with the rotten apples, they decide to deal with the basket as if all apples were rotten. This may be a syndrome in many businesses, but personally I think Williams Mullen, being a law firm who has a substantial employment law department, shoud be able to deal with individual issues and not institute policies on everyone because of a few slackers or people who steal time. The firm has been besmirched by previous employees who should have been dealt with individually. Had they been dealt with individually, the firm would have been saved a lot of embarrassment. It's very disappointing as a staff member to be put in a basket because management can't handle individual issues. Additionally, we were told last year we would get raises according to indivdual accomplishments. Didn't happen. Small raises were "awarded" by percentage of salary and years with the firm. Exceptionally hard workers were treated just like the slackers. Yes, the economy isn't the best, but management should, again, deal with individuals, not everyone as a "basket". If you say raises are based on merit and accomplishments - then that is what they should be based on. Communications are poor - but hopfully will improve with new management.

    Advice to Management

    Group Think can be a dangerous matter. Many think the Challenger Disaster was caused by Group Think - people unwilling to listen to the "negative" thinkers. Well, is it negative or is it conservative, practical, cautious and correct? Should growth be to the detriment of staff? Retirement of those over 66 shouldn't effect other employees. A company has the right to retire those of retirement age - don't threaten people with firing if you haven't managed effectively previously. Positive thinking is wonderful and necessary to move ahead and progress - to keep us moving toward our future with hope and enthusiasm. But if it passes logic and moves into propoganda - with slogans meaning more than reality - with individuals taking a back seat - what have you really accomplished? A staff that is demoralized and feeling like they are being treated like children because of certain individuals who take advantage of the firm.



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