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

  • Good benefits, good compensation (in 6 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. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Human Resources"

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

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

    Pros

    awesome colleagues, nice office, driven culture

    Cons

    no professional growth, terrible commute

    Advice to Management

    be more accessible


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not a good place for minorities"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, this place is nothing like they make it seem during your interview.

    Cons

    They treat minorities here poorly. Management is unfair and employs favoritism and arbitrarily punishes good employees while turning a blind eye to the dishonesties and lack of productivity and accountability of those who are favorited by management. This is no place for minorities. You will be targeted and singled out, and people here will make it their mission to break your spirit. This place will suck the life out of your soul. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere for employment. The culture here is one of modern day slavery. Creative thinking and coloring outside the lines is punished swiftly and severely. If you value your free spirit, steer clear of here.

    Advice to Management

    Replace middle management immediately. They will run this place into the ground.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good experience, difficult long term prospects"

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

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

    Pros

    Well-known 800 pound gorilla in the Silicon Valley legal practice. Lots of great tech clients and the chance to work on hot tech deals. Broad corporate practice: you'll learn everything from incorporating startups to VC financings to M&A and IPO and post-IPO public company work. Good name to have on your resume. Great training program for associates and tons of access to startup/SV events. Colleagues (partners and associates) are generally friendly, down-to-earth, and smart.

    Cons

    Tough work load and demanding clients with unrealistic deadline expectations, which is typical for Big Law. Not great workflow management. Unless you're in a specialized area, you generally have to be a generalist, which you means you won't feel like you know any area of the law that well. Hard to make partner, but that's expected.


  9. "Help Desk Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    We had a great team of IT Analysts. Good benefits, good pay.

    Cons

    Downsizing led to the liquidation of the Help Desk.


  10. "good place but mgmt needs to listen to associates"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    good place to start a legal career

    Cons

    still a big law firm

    Advice to Management

    listen to your associates and actually implement the feedback that you get


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