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Updated Jun 23, 2022

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3.5
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Immigration Compliance Manager

I’m a non-TX immigration attorney mentoring a UT student who went to my undergrad. He’s done incredibly well in OCI and pre-OCI. Thus far, he’s landed interviews with (all in Houston): Baker Botts, Sidley Austin, Kirkland, Winston Strawn, Reed Smith, Norton Rose, and Locke Lord. Also Perkins Coie in Dallas. He’s leaning transactional, but also open to litigation. Any insights/advice on these firms in the TX market? Any to avoid?

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great firm!

    Apr 28, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Had a great experience working at W&S. Sadly my position was eliminated due to “budget issues” but otherwise no complaints!

    Cons

    Non-transparency from mgmt leads to distrust from employees.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Good for biglaw

    Jun 13, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Autonomy, training, people, experience for juniors

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in partnership

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee

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    Jun 23, 2022 - Sales 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It depends quite honestly. You might love it

    Cons

    See for yourself.some love it some hate it

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great Firm to Work

    Jun 3, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smart, savvy lawyers, excellent training, work on sophisticated matters

    Cons

    Long hours, focus on billable hourts

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    good

    May 27, 2022 - Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
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    Pros

    great work life balance here

    Cons

    compensation lower than average in industry

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Terrible

    May 3, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I cannot think of any

    Cons

    Too many to list here. Terrible, just terrible. Don't go there.

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Not good

    Apr 28, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Some people work from home on some days. No one seems to mind.

    Cons

    No office culture, no training, terrible management by CEO. Everyone is leaving.

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  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Direct boss was amazing

    Feb 24, 2022 - Desktop Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There was travel, bonus and competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, no work life balance

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great experience working here so far

    Jan 20, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits, generous time off, maternity/paternity leave

    Cons

    Can’t think of any cons

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  10. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Toxic culture; does not value or support associates

    Jan 29, 2022 - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Winston keeps pace with the latest Milbank/Cravath biglaw comp scale - Clients are typically big name companies - As an established biglaw firm, it will be a known resume experience item in the future

    Cons

    - Extremely toxic work culture that does not support associates or staff, shuns any attempt at upward feedback. The firm straight up does not care about its associate attorneys or staff. - Although the firm has a good parental leave program, any associate who takes advantage of the program is immediately stigmatized. I know two examples of high performing associates who were pushed out of the firm (iced out of projects and pressured to go part-time; bonuses withheld despite hitting billable hours targets) directly as a result of using the firm's parental leave. - Unethical place to work: When I fell out of favor with my partners, they began putting lies about me in my performance review. When I asked for specific examples of their claims, they were unable to support their statements, but at that point the damage had already been done. - I worked 80% of weekends in the past year, often worked late at night, and worked on many major holidays (Thanksgiving, X-mas Eve, July 4th). This is expected of associates and you will not be thanked for doing so. - The firm does not tolerate associates taking vacation. Don't even try to take a long weekend. If you are able to get away for a couple days, you are still expected to respond to emails, attend client calls, and turn around work product (i.e., not actually a vacation).

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Winston & Strawn Reviews FAQs

Winston & Strawn has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5, based on over 245 reviews left anonymously by employees. 53% of employees would recommend working at Winston & Strawn to a friend and 47% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -11% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Winston & Strawn employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Winston & Strawn. This rating has decreased by -8% over the last 12 months.

53% of Winston & Strawn employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Winston & Strawn 3.2 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.6 for culture and values and 3.4 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Winston & Strawn to be compensation, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be culture, career development, management.

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