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Wilmerhale Reviews

Updated June 15, 2018
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Wilmerhale Co-Managing Partners Susan W. Murley & Robert T. Novick
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Pros
  • "Lots of flexibility and proper work/life balance" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Fabulous office environment; supportive of employees; great benefits; one of the best jobs I've ever had" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work-life balance, 100% commitment to your job, hard to grow within the company" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Long hours, few partner promotions" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "High stakes work, extremely talented colleagues, but limited advancement for staff"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wilmerhale full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Extremely talented group of partners and other attorneys
    -Interesting, high-stakes casework
    -Friendly, comfortable atmosphere
    -Lots of flexibility and proper work/life balance

    Cons

    -Limited advancement opportunities for non-lawyers


  2. "Great people, need new management vision"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people that actually care about you.
    Ability to work alongside world class, brilliant lawyers
    Fun work socials and happy hours

    Cons

    Depending on the case team it can be long hours (but what law firm isn’t?).
    Also, the paralegal supervisor seems to care more about the bottom dollar than retaining paralegals and project assistants that actually want to be here.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about retention of paralegals that actually want to be here

  3. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    Free software training and classes were great for staying up-to-date with all the new firm applications.

    Cons

    Management did not understand secretarial needs and staff was constantly being undermined by Boston managers.

    Advice to Management

    California law firm cultures are a total 180 of east coast based firms. Stop trying to compare the two.


  4. "Counsel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues and important work

    Cons

    Difficult to determine basis of promotion decisions


  5. "Profits up, partner and associate happiness down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilmerhale part-time

    Pros

    Often cutting-edge legal work, cases that are in the news, smart colleagues, good money

    Cons

    Bowing to the same financial pressures as other "elite" firms, and management is good at running a financially tight ship but pretty bad at making lawyers feel valued.

    Advice to Management

    Do more than wave a hand at lawyer job satisfaction.


  6. "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, teamwork encourage. Treat employees with dignity and respect.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good jod!


  7. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexibility

    Cons

    Long hours, few partner promotions

  8. "Great people, great firm"

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

    I have been working at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues and some of the best clients, especially on the litigation side of the house.

    Cons

    The hours can be crazy sometimes, but that comes with the territory.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great name recognition for government investigations. Also before I left, there was no shortage of work for associates. You are treated like a king if you have clerkship under your belt. They are aggressive about hiring laterals.

    Cons

    Seems to be floundering in recent years, at least the New York office. Around 2014/2015 the firm started letting go of securities associates. The collegiate environment of the firm started to slip as people became more concerned for their jobs. Additionally, soon after the securities department dwindled to almost nothing, they got in a huge securities arbitration matter, which meant that people who wanted to do litigation matters got pulled onto 2-3 year long securities arbitrations. Most were not happy about this. Since I left the firm, they've decreased their NY office even further and started to sublet one of the floors in their New York office. Associates I started with had all left by the time I left and even laterals that came in while I was there have one by one started to leave. I think morale is low there in general.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing the careers of associates without clerkships, don't just put them onto doc reviews then push them out. And if you want to improve morale, bringing in a nail technician isn't the way to do it. Focus on making associates feel like they have the tools to contribute and that their contributions matter.


  10. "Employee review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    Good hours and nice people

    Cons

    I have not experienced any


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