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Wilson Sonsini Palo Alto Reviews

Updated March 7, 2017
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Pros
  • The pre-eminent legal adviser in Silicon Valley (in 6 reviews)

  • Industry leading clients push the envelope to be on the cutting edge of new protocols and standards (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Those looking for a work/life balance will be put in a bind when high priority projects arise (in 9 reviews)

  • Some difficult personalities at the partner level - hey, it's a law firm (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Summer Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic clients. Not about face time, but still hard work. Tech transactions team is particularly great but they are top of the game in the valley. Treat the summer associates very well.

    Cons

    Still big law so hours can be challenging.


  2. "Hardware Technician"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun team, Good benifits, Great food

    Cons

    Very Political, little room for growth.


  3. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big name, exciting clients, no cap on pro bono

    Cons

    No work culture, ruthless law firm

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in human capital


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  5. "Patent staff"

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    Former Employee - Patent Project Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Patent Project Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great staff and IT
    -Nice facility

    Cons

    -Poor management
    -Poor of advancement opportunities
    -Hire new employees as oppose to promoting from within the firm

    Advice to Management

    The attorneys and staffs were great. In over a year of observation, there was poor management with narrow advancement opportunities. When a staff position became available, they were mainly filled by new employees - great for applicants. There were no internal announcement for open positions. The advancement opportunity was not promising as I only saw one staff promotion. However, the firm's name has a positive reputation which was good for resume purposes. Management value their staff employees, however no reward/advancement was presented - a discouraging morale. Early in the employment I was excited to work for the patent team, but I was more excited to resign.


  6. "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable work-life balance for a large law firm

    Cons

    Not a growing department; no firm culture; not a lot of perks


  7. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people around work here. Their community service and Pro Bono initiatives are impressive. Comp and Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Culture is all over the map. Comp could be better. There are silos all throughout practice groups and admin groups have not been nurtured to work together. But, there is a new focus on addressing these issues. I can see it getting better.

    Advice to Management

    They are clearly working on things so hopefully the culture will improve. More attention to training and supporting those you've already invested in would be appreciated.


  8. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney (Corporate) in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney (Corporate) in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pre-eminent legal adviser in Silicon Valley. Great access to the best start-ups in the Valley. Leading tech legal adviser. Something to everyone in the cradle to grave culture of clients the firm has.

    Cons

    Management at the firm seems to be happy to have a churn of associates moving in and out of the firm.

    Advice to Management

    There is very poor communication between management and the associates - associates typically have little idea of what the firm is working on.


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    "Litigation Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Securities/IP/White-Collar Litigation Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Securities/IP/White-Collar Litigation Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent client base and potential to work on high profile cases. Industry leading clients push the envelope to be on the cutting edge of new protocols and standards.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and required overtime is not optional. Those looking for a work/life balance will be put in a bind when high priority projects arise.


  10. "Big law cliche."

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    Varies from group to group, but there is an opportunity for high level work, if you want it. Prestige of firm is always a plus. You can learn a lot. Training for almost everything.

    Cons

    Entry level positions feel entry level. There is a bit of the "ivory tower" mentality with the older folks; a hierarchy or class feeling. Not a clear understanding in regards to career paths. Raises and bonuses feel arbitrary.

    Advice to Management

    It's not numbers game. More interaction and involvement with subordinates.


  11. "A good place to work after law school"

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    Former Employee - Counsel in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Counsel in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, great salaries, you will learn a lot

    Cons

    Poor life work balance, politics



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