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Wilson Elser Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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Pros
  • there was a good work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Great staff, attorneys, and good benefits (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Rampant padding of hours encouraged by the firm's minimum requirement of 2200 billable hours annually for associates (in 17 reviews)

  • Low pay compared to comparable sized firms (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "part time attorney"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Wilson Elser part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the part-time attorney position is great. It has enabled me to continue to work with great people, my boss is fantastic, in an area of law that I really enjoy. At the same time, I am able to attend to my family obligations in a more meaningful way.

    Cons

    its really hard to stay organized in a part time work from home position but that is on me and not the firm.

    Advice to Management

    this is a great program. keep it up


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Extremely poor leadership with IT from the 90s"

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    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was a new lateral that made the decision to join Wilson Elser. The team was amazing when it came to meeting all my demands prior to obtaining my $$$ book of business. Unfortunately, once I came over, I couldn't even get a laptop or anything else for that matter.

    Cons

    The IT department is a joke. My smaller firm was light years ahead of where this firm is. Windows 7, no cloud document management, no attorney mobility tools. My clients are mobile, and are too busy to come to an office.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your vision as a Lawfirm. You'll be bankrupt if you stay the path.

  3. "Attorney"

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

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    Great work experience and nice people.

    Cons

    No cons to report at this time.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Attorneys treat staff like they dont exist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    Strong friendship among support staffs.

    Cons

    Constant turn around of young associates. Lacking management.


  5. "Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Wilson Elser (Less than a year)

    Pros

    there was a good work-life balance

    Cons

    none that I can remember


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Staff Review"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free parking, paid holidays, bereavement compensation

    Cons

    There was a high turnover rate of paralegals at the office that I worked at. No year end bonuses for legal assistants and paralegals. There were some misrepresentations about the office during my initial interview. They weren't big misrepresentations, but they left me with trust issues with management.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management. I don't think my advice would help. I was not a good fit for the office.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Partner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    A great place to be to get useful experience and move on to a different law firm.. If you have no desire to earn a lot of money or have your intangible contributions valued, this is your type of firm.

    Cons

    No camaraderie, only internal competition among partners. Rampant padding of hours encouraged by the firm's minimum requirement of 2200 billable hours annually for associates. No recognition of intangibles and other leadership qualities that make certain law firms truly great . A stifling, negative atmosphere for all employees and partners, except the chosen few at the top of the pyramid who take home most of the profits. Opening more and more offices but the profits per partner do not increase, only the gross collections do. Toxic at all levels of the partnership. Executive Committee membership depends on who you work for and how much business you bring in, not on great client service and quality of work or the many intangibles that should be, but are not, valued. Very unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    This second generation partnership will implode unless there is a complete attitude adjustment starting at the top. Wilson Sr. is gone but his power, cynicism and negativity lives on through the next generation. The cut throat nature of the partnership is encouraged at the top levels of the executive committee. You will reap what you sow, sooner or later.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A paycheck. Good IT department and word processing.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Lots of malpractice committed by partners who blame everyone but themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up management and get rid of the incompetents.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    Free Starbucks coffee, free drinks, free office supplies...LOL

    Cons

    Raises, they are based upon reviews from attorneys, some of whom you have never worked with. Is this really fair? What if one has an ax to grind? One could never be sure. No room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Review your raise system.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Gain litigation experience quickly; gain familiarity with other local firms and judges. Paid maternity leave. Free CLEs and CLE tracking.

    Cons

    High turnover of associates. Comparably low salary in light of the heavy work load. Long hours and Saturdays expected. Politics. Heavy focus on billable hours requirements.


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