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Wilmerhale Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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Wilmerhale Co-Managing Partners Susan W. Murley & Robert T. Novick
Susan W. Murley & Robert T. Novick
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Pros
  • Benefits, Work/Life Balance, Office Environment (in 8 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)

  • You work very long hours and the mentoring is not good (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "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!


  2. "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

  3. "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!


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Junior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues, prestigious firm, my office was well-designed

    Cons

    Easy to get overlooked for best work. People can get pigeonholed early and not be able to work with partners who can advance their careers.


  7. "Counsel"

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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

    Intellectual environment and excellent lawyers

    Cons

    Upward promotion is very difficult

    Advice to Management

    Retain your talent

  8. "Client Service Representative"

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

    I worked at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful office, great hours, friendly and highly intelligent coworkers, high-profile clients, excellent benefits (especially paid time off: 25 days to start entry level)

    Cons

    Typical bureaucracy, some tasks can be tedious and unnecessary, hiring process was too long


  9. "Great Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A worldwide team of smart, client-devoted creative thinkers.

    Cons

    BigLaw -- with all the pressures that come with that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up your commitment to providing meaningful training, experience and professional growth to lawyers who do not stay to become partner.


  10. "Frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Wilmerhale full-time

    Pros

    The firm offers very good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management within certain groups. Work that is accomplished across groups, which is most things, is painful because groups don't effectively communicate with each other.


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