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Wilson Elser Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance (managers have to approve OT) (in 8 reviews)

  • Fair pay, attorneys kind, good benefits (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Very burocratic and employees treated as billable hours (in 12 reviews)

  • Long hours - 2100 hour minimum billing requirement, & low pay (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "So far so good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Coming to work each day, I feel valued and appreciated by most.
    - Nice colleagues who are good at what they do
    - There is a significant focus on doing the right thing for the client.
    - While I always work much more than a 40 hour work week, I have flexibility allowing work-life balance when needed.
    - The firm is working hard to advance technologies in multiple areas.
    - Generous vacation policy

    Cons

    As a value-focused organization, back end systems are not ideal, making many tasks harder than they should be.
    Working at a partnership makes the road to approvals less clear than in many places with a more significant hierarchy.
    Not everyone is tech savvy enough to appreciate many of the new technology advances - change will take some time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great efforts of improving communication around the firm.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Learn to do your stuff fast

    Cons

    Atmosphere is a bit toxic


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    work experience and resume builder. Every other law firm knows that WEMED is a sweat shop.

    Cons

    lack of compensation. lack of support staff. software was outdated. communication poor. I think this was the worst job I ever had. supervisor had not oversight and was verbally abusive.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your help more. The pay was way under the market.


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  5. "Extremely challenging environment with poor technology"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Security in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Security in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great talent seems to show up randomly and leave within 1 year. This high turnover leads to really bad morale, but does bring some positive influence while the talent is present.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. If you have been in the industry awhile, you'll see that this company is at a crossroad. Unfortunately it's just simple math. If the firm does not invest in technology and infrastructure, then it's just a matter of time before the house of cards collapses. The environment is unbearably toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Give up on Blackberries and desktop computers. Start investing in the future rather than dumping money on the past.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Beware of the revolving doors"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Department in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Department in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Very stressful IT environment. CIO (Gerard) difficult to work with and has no empathy for the employees. Staff is expendable and IT department has very low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  7. "You get out what you put in"

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

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

    Pros

    Great lawyers and culture. If you put in a day's work you will get a very fair day's pay. Lazy and get-over artists do not last here but team players excel and get rewarded.

    Cons

    They bend over backwards for clients and put the client interests in front of everything else. Sometimes you worry that if a client says he likes your pants your boss is going to tell you to take them off and hand them over.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Staff Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Staff Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Staff Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work dynamic, work-life balance

    Cons

    Low pay, no development, unhappy attorneys

    Advice to Management

    Move people form within and acknowledge hardworking individuals


  9. Helpful (1)

    "typical large firm experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Attorney in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being a large firm they have many departments to choose from

    Cons

    Being a large firm it is easy to get unnoticed

    Advice to Management

    communication is key, whether its to a new or inexperienced employee or well seasoned employee


  10. "part time attorney"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Attorney Mill Where Associates Typically Last Only 1-3 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in White Plains, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, laid back office environment

    Cons

    Long hours - 2100 hour minimum billing requirement, & low pay


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