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Updated May 19, 2017
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Wilmerhale Co-Managing Partners Susan W. Murley & Robert T. Novick
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Pros
  • Benefits, work/life balance, pays well (in 8 reviews)

  • Fabulous office environment; supportive of employees; great benefits; one of the best jobs I've ever had (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Some people don't understand work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Long hours, fast and fluid deadlines (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful work environment and firm culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues. Beautiful office. Great benefits.

    Cons

    There can be long hours.


  2. "Legal Secretary"

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

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

    Pros

    Good location and benefits for full time employees .

    Cons

    Not paid market value for legal secretary.


  3. "A great work environment with a very talented and knowledgable staff."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Records Contractor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Records Contractor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working here was a delight. I found the staff to be professional and helpful on every level. From project assistants to paralegals to partners, no department was short on professional/courteous communication/assistance.

    Cons

    Cons don't really come to mind when thinking of WH. Personally, i found it a tad intimidating when i first understood that i was surrounded by many professionals with highly competitive education/experience. Seeing said individuals as potential resources helped to mitigate any anxiety/reservations, however.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  4. "Paralegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wilmerhale is an amazing firm with great people.

    Cons

    I don't have any. I love working there.


  5. "Litigation Paralegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people who, naturally, don't tolerate mistakes. You will become smarter by working here, guaranteed; there are geniuses on every floor and around every corner. Through osmosis you will learn many, many things and will often have the chance to participate in historic cases, from the Supreme Court on down. If you're interested but not sure about law school, this is a perfect position. At the same time, you'll be earning a ton of money through generous overtime pay (see cons).

    Cons

    Looooong hours, weekend work, holiday work, snow day work, you name it. If the court your case is in is open any particular day, you're expected to at least be available, if not in the office. If you have a filing or a production due, work can become quite frantic and with deadlines of midnight on most filings, there were a lot of super late nights. Parkinson's law, "work expands to fill the time available for its completion," applies here 100%.


  6. "If you don't want a personal life, work there."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilmerhale full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. including vacation time. High profile clients. Some excellent attorneys.

    Cons

    Poor management. The firm promotes employees that do not have management experience, nor experience in the field that they are in charge of managing. Management plays favorites. I had experience in being a favorite and not a favorite, and the later made my work life impossible. There is no work life balance. You are expected to be available 24/7 even if you are not an attorney. Your personal life means nothing to some members of management.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your management and figure out why employees that worked at the firm for years left - retiring early, seeking other firms, or other areas of employment, i.e., not a law firm. You have some great attorneys - figure out the bad seeds and get rid of them. Figure out the management in Boston and you may just keep employees.


  7. "Account Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, generous paid time off

    Cons

    No upward movement, company is not headquartered here so you will get stuck in your position. Job was very boring.

    Advice to Management

    Less micro managing


  8. "Great firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting legal work. Associates can get good experience, if they show initiative. Compensation is good and competitive. Highly ethical and professional work environment.

    Cons

    Like at any firm, when work ramps up, work hours can be challenging. Associates often need to show initiative in order to get the best experience for themselves.


  9. "Meeting and Event Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Meeting and Event Planner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Meeting and Event Planner in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wilmerhale (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company treats staff great. There is room for growth across the firm, not necessarily in all departments.

    Cons

    Many staff members are "lifers"


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Once a good company, ruined by management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on what city location, company environment varies greatly. Support staff in general is treated like crap. In NYC management was brought in specifically to cut positions in order to provide more income for partners. Some senior attornies actually left due to their change in company culture. People who deal with health issues are harrassed and pressured to leave. People who have worked at WH for years, who always received glowing reports and feedback are now finding themselves receiving bad reports and are being written up - not by the attorneys they actually support but by newer management. Overall people are unhappy and WH has gone from a great place to work to a place with low employee satisfaction, where people are constantly in fear of losing their jobs - especially older employees who feel they are being pressured out to make room for new hirees who are paid much less. ( It's no secret that WH outsorced an entire department to a city with a high poverty and crime rate, and during a time when they were doing quite well financially, so that they could pay much cheaper salaries, simply in order to increase partner pay. And at a time when support staff was told there was no money for bonuses, extra bonuses were being handed out to attorneys.) The one thing they seem willing to spend money on is management; it's sort of a running joke three amount of management brought in over the last few years. And to add insult to injury it's three members of the various management teams who behave the worst and treat those under them terribly who are rewarded. Obviously I can't name names but they were warned by several senior people in oth we departments, including a couple of partners, that the actions of one of the supervisors were putting the company at risk of legal repurcussion due to harrassment and bullying, as well as documented lies this person claimed against those she'd chosen to focus on (she had her 'pets' and then others she constantly humiliated and 'picked' on; she is directly respinsible for at least two people in her department having to leave work with diagnoses of ptsd, that's how harrassing the work environment was. But because she herself beinf reprimanded or let go would have reflected badly on the person who brought her into the company, the solution found was to promote her. She was rewarded for her behavior.

    And yes I realize this all sounds liked hyperbole but everything stated here was in fact confirmed by a senior management member in another department, even including the fact that support staff with chronic illness were purposefully being targetted in attempt to get them to either admit they were unable to do their jobs due to disabilty - so they could be fired - or to make them so miserable that they would just choose to leave the firm.

    The sad thing is that WH used to be a great place to work. That no longer is true.

    Cons

    Completely different treatment for support staff as opposed to attorneys, even so far as differences in things like allowed maternity leave (apparently support staff bodies are biologically different from those of attorneys, and thus have different needs when it comes to physical recovery or child bonding).

    Thete is definitely a class system now at WH which didn't used to exist and support staff - anyone not an attorney, is treated as second class. (To be fair this is not the attitude of all attorneys but it has become part of the culture.)

    Thete is also no room for growth unless you're someone in management's 'pet.' Opportunities are not based on merit.

    Advice to Management

    Too much management! Which then leads to micro-management and a need to 'prove' their jobs are indeed necessary (most aren't). Just in the last say, five yeats, management hiring has increased while three firm cuts corners in positions that actual add value - such as many support staff positions. Management needs to also realize that everyone at thet firm is an adult and treat them as such. Respect is a two-way street.


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