Wilson Elser Reviews

Updated May 19, 2020

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3.0
47%
Recommend to a Friend
70%
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Wilson Elser Chairman Dan McMahon
Dan McMahon
61 Ratings
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  • "Billable hours are high and certain partners only see numbers(in 20 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared to comparable sized firms(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great Working Environment With A Company Who Cares About Its Employees"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Elser part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, the company cares about its employees

    Cons

    none honestly, everyone is professional and courteous

    Wilson Elser2020-03-01
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Nice Try"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Staff 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -some great partners and associates - offices are clean -good PTO -support staff is great to work with

    Cons

    -benefits are expensive -pay is well below the market average -some terrible partners who don't care about their direct reports well-being -IT is great to work with even though the technology is pretty outdated.

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    Wilson Elser2020-05-19
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Would Not Recommend"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly people, including attorneys, good salary.

    Cons

    Too many attorneys per assistant (5-6), administration unprofessional.

    Wilson Elser2020-05-07
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Law Clerk 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great staff. Reputable and well known name.

    Cons

    Poor management. Very stingy on assigning work to clerks.

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    Wilson Elser2020-03-08
  5. "Good Lifestyle"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Loan Review Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Always busy, Collegiality, Willing to give senior associates the chance to expand book of business

    Cons

    High billing requirements can be difficult to meet

    Wilson Elser2020-01-29
  6. "Long hours, little pay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney 

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain experience in large law firm environment Obtain immediate courtroom and client-relations experience Will be given cases to handle with minimal supervision quickly Collegial atmosphere, with relatively friendly and helpful coworkers

    Cons

    Firm puts billing ahead of quality of work (which they must because clients push back on expenses as a matter of course) Must bill at least 2000 hours per year Low pay when considering amount of hours worked Extra work is expected, but bonuses for extra work are minimal Far too many cases are given to one attorney to handle

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    Wilson Elser2020-01-19
  7. "Great learning experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, great learning experience, awesome co-workers

    Cons

    Work overload, lack of direction when starting

    Wilson Elser2019-12-18
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Typical Firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Office moral among other paralegals and legal assistants

    Cons

    The pay is low and no sick days Little guidance when starting out

    Wilson Elser2019-12-10
  9. "Decent place to start your career"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I made a lot of great connections with the attorneys there.

    Cons

    Pay was somewhat low.

    Wilson Elser2019-12-10
  10. "great work ethics"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary 

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    great PTO after starting 2nd year

    Cons

    There is no room to grow.

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    Wilson Elser2019-11-02
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