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Winstead Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2019

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Kevin A. Sullivan
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  1. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Winstead full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to work because of the company culture. It's a firm where they embrace learning and mentorship.

    Cons

    None that come to mind. Maybe parking is a little expensive?

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

    Winstead2018-11-04
  2. "Good firm, bad work environment."

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Winstead full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and office location

    Cons

    No cohesive management in litigation.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees and lead their success to stop the revolving door.

    Winstead2019-08-15
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Winstead full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some wonderful people, beautiful office, comfortable work area, good benefits and pay

    Cons

    Certain attorneys that are supposed leaders of groups never speak or acknowledge secretaries within group. All new attorneys hired follow that lead. One certain secretary controls entire floor and continues to run off good people and make the morale terrible. It is sad.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Real estate is bad.

    Winstead2019-05-11
  4. "Moving up"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Winstead for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A great full service law firm, and becoming more prominent in the region. Most attorneys are very collegial. The talent within each practice group often stacks up well with larger and older competitors.

    Cons

    As it grows, it becomes somewhat more big-law / corporate in methodology.

    Winstead2018-09-14
  5. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Winstead full-time

    Pros

    This depends on you work with.

    Cons

    This depends on your practice group.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together.

    Winstead2018-10-14
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Definitely not the top firm in Dallas ..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Legal Secretary in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Winstead full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits and reimbursement for DART.

    Cons

    From day one, I never felt like my job was secure. And it wasn't. My particular attorney threw me under the bus and lied to me on several occasions. (Yes, I caught him.) Winstead has a toxic working environment which is well known. While I was working at Munsch Hardt a former Winstead employee told me of her experiences of working at Winstead (she had worked there for 10 years before joining Munsch) so I was somewhat...

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    Advice to Management

    Replace your HR department with people who actually care about fostering relationships with employees and not through fear. It's time for an overhaul. Change your image. And teach your attorneys how to treat staff with dignity and respect.

    Winstead2018-09-06
  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Winstead full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork, great mentoship opportunities, interesting work.

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable hours. No guaranteed vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Give associates guaranteed vacation time.

    Winstead2018-07-29
  8. "Unless you know ..."

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Winstead full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training program/trainer; free parking. Ratio is 4:1 when everyone is going 5-7:1.

    Cons

    Location in Uptown is less than desirable; vacation at start is two weeks; very close quarters work area (no privacy whatsoever); salary was not competitive nor equal to amount of experience; need updated technology for conflicts and opening new clients/matters.

    Winstead2018-02-21
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Decent firm, but avoid litigation"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Winstead full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The billable hours for attorneys are reasonable for the pay. The firm changed its compensation model, which is a mix between lockstep and merit-based pay and makes the firm more competitive. The Dallas office space is very nice and at a great location. Most of the shareholders are easy to work with and associates are provided with a lot of resources for practice and business development. The firm has a great banking and...

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    Cons

    Practice groups are NOT treated equally. If you are interested in litigation, avoid Winstead. Members of the board and other firm leaders are not interested in the litigation practice and not willing to invest in attracting or retaining shareholder-level litigators. In the past year, several shareholders and senior attorneys in litigation have left the firm or been asked to leave. The firm has also been demoting a few...

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    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about practice groups and attorney feedback/benchmarks. Invest in the litigation group because when there is another downturn in real estate and banking, the firm will not have another practice to support the firm during such a downturn.

    Winstead2017-10-03
  10. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Winstead full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, profit sharing, open door policy. Many shareholders are great mentors to associates.

    Cons

    Certain practice groups are valued over others and merit based bonus structure parameters are unclear and often unequal.

    Winstead2017-08-12
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