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Wilson Sonsini Reviews

Updated June 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "Well-known 800 pound gorilla in the Silicon Valley legal practice" (in 7 reviews)

  • "awesome clients, great in-house exit opportunities, reasonable work life balance solid culture and great offices in sf" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Those looking for a work/life balance will be put in a bind when high priority projects arise" (in 10 reviews)

  • "No work culture, ruthless law firm" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome"

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

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, great hours, great respect, great company

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  2. "associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great practice groups within firm

    Cons

    often difficult clients to manage.

  3. "Know what you are getting yourself into"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exit opportunities; no jerks; diverse work experience; opportunities to advance fast; the new Launch program allows you to experiment in your first years; good perks and benefits for a law firm

    Cons

    Very formulaic and low level legal work at times; startup clients can be overly demanding; only the strong survive mentality; very low associate morale at times

    Advice to Management

    Invest in associate growth and development; resolve the squabbling amongst partners


  4. Helpful (1)

    "staff member"

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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 Sonsini full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fairly good work life balance; great service opps to give back to community; friendly staff

    Cons

    lacking support and guidance from management for junior staff members; environment lacks team building and collaboration; staff too lean; salaries can be under market

    Advice to Management

    foster more team building and collaboration w/ various departments and their teams; bulk up staff team in general; use external recruiting company to help find better/good candidates for staff positions


  5. "There Are Better Places to Work"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not bad if you like to keep your head down, put in your hours, and go home.

    Cons

    Zero firm culture. Easily the most cold/unfriendly place I have ever worked - nobody says hello in passing or talks to one another.

    Advice to Management

    Training for new employees could be a lot better and internal processes could be more clearly communicated.


  6. "Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros for this.

    Cons

    Poor management, poor culture, long hours


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Assistant in busy practice group"

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

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

    Pros

    High caliber of co-workers and high-profile clients and cases. Large amount of responsibility right away with minimal micro-managing. Lack of elitism among associates breeds a real team mentality.

    Cons

    High expectations with regards to quality and time. Very little formal training. Opaque communication about job performance/expectations from management. Workflow can be infrequent/inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Institute a formal training regimen for new employees. Improve mechanisms for receiving feedback.

  8. "lives up to its reputation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    diverse client base, excellent attorneys

    Cons

    certain level of nepotism, lack of female leadership


  9. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are wonderful to work with

    Cons

    Compensation not quite up to market rate


  10. "Intelligent people and interesting clients"

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    Current Employee - Patent Agent
    Current Employee - Patent Agent
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent attorneys and agents; relaxed California culture; reasonable billable hours for agents.

    Cons

    Benefits could be more generous.


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