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Wilson Sonsini Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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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 9 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "WSGR OVERALL.."

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly, fast paced. pay is good. constant training on software being used and upcoming ones. overall good place to work

    Cons

    lawyers........must have a thick skin and don't things personally.

    Advice to Management

    loosen up the leash on start times and show a bit more appreciation. Overall my bosses are awesome.


  6. "Learn on your own"

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

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

    Pros

    Big law firm, big name, lot of opportunities to work with start-up or mature companies.

    Cons

    Long working hours, little work-life balance, a lot of politics.


  7. "My Review"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good compensation. I am happy working there

    Cons

    Not flexible with part time jobs

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Great firm, but still a firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    Super smart people and great work. Great launching-pad if you want to work in-house in tech.

    Cons

    The junior attorneys are subpar compared to their NYC equivalents. Some are great, but some are sloppy and lazy. The average quality is definitely lower than in New York. but the Palo Alto commute from SF was a nightmare. 2-4 hours a day on the freeway became a dealbreaker. Also, no ordering-in dinners or towncars home, only a grubby on-site cafeteria.


  9. "a bad place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Wilson Sonsini full-time

    Pros

    Good money and good work

    Cons

    Bad management. A cut-throat environment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining the good people.


  10. "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.


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