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Winston & Strawn Reviews

Updated December 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Pays well and benefits are good, but medical declined a lot over the years" (in 10 reviews)

  • "I imagine it was like working in a big law firm anywhere" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "The cons here are the same as any other large law firm or large company" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Communication from management needs improvement, change is slow, and work life balance oftentimes suffers" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Winston & Strawn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, supportive culture of proactive and passionate people! Everyone is friendly and willing to help you even cross-departmentally! Wonderful onboarding and mentor program. I felt part of the firm the moment I stepped through the doors on my first day!

    Also, the positive culture initiatives that Winston allocates resources to make me proud to be a Winstonite! Not only do we have fun at work with our social events, but Winston offers volunteer opportunities and Diversity & Inclusion events that really foster a culture of belonging.

    Cons

    No cons! Definitely a work-hard / play-hard atmosphere! Winston is a company you can grow and develop your skills every day!

    Advice to Management

    We have an amazing employee recognition program, I am not sure how much other departments know about this, but I would encourage everyone to participate and have management remind employees that they can participate in this! Management can nominate their employees, but also, any employee can nominate a coworker (even in other departments) for going above & beyond their job description!

    Winston & Strawn Response

    Nov 26, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review of Winston & Strawn. The recent refresh of our Welcome to Winston program was shaped by employee feedback, and we’re pleased to hear it has had a positive impact on the... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Churn and burn firm with good pay and fear based management."

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Support Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pays well and benefits are good, but medical declined a lot over the years. But that’s probably universal. The 401k contribution is very generous. 7.5 hour days as opposed to 8 for support staff; vacation and sick time is generous; overtime pay; More vacation the longer you stay. They do attempt to have gatherings once a month in the form of happy hours etc. and that’s nice. Unfortunately, that won’t be enough to keep good employees.

    Cons

    Some people in management should not be in management. A very micro managed company for the most part. No flexibility whatsoever. I’ve never had a job as a paralegal where I have to clock in. We had to clock in and if we were late, our supervisor got an email. Or so I was told. Paralegals bill their time. There should be flexibility. Paralegals are adults and know what is on their plate for the day. Although vacation time is generous, try using it. 3 week vacations are seen as “unprofessional” and generally frowned upon. The most negative aspect of working here is the fear based management style. Management wants to control through fear. An example of this is an email that is generated if billing is submitted after the time that it is due. If the billing is submitted late 3 times in any quarter, and that could be just submitting it 15 minutes late or an hour late 3 times, than we were threatened on time one and time two that if it happens a 3rd time our direct deposit will be taken away and we will have to pick up our paycheck personally from the managing partner. This tactic bothered me from day one. Good people will leave when their pain becomes stronger than the fear management hands out.

    Winston & Strawn Response

    Dec 20, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review of Winston & Strawn. The competitive compensation and benefits package we offer reflect the importance we place on attracting and retaining top talent to meet our clients... More

  3. "Partner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Winston & Strawn full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people; incredible work; great financials

    Cons

    W&S still needs to increase diversity

    Winston & Strawn Response

    Nov 5, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review. We often hear from firm members that the thing they most enjoy about working at Winston & Strawn is the people. The complex disputes and transactions clients entrust to... More


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Poor culture"

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big Law - Intelligent attorneys who are dedicated to their work

    Cons

    Probably one of the most unfriendly environment I have ever been in. I found that most often the associates are especially unfriendly and can't even look at you when passing by in the hallway.

    Advice to Management

    Improve culture by hiring people with some empathy


  5. "IT"

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

    I have been working at Winston & Strawn full-time

    Pros

    Very good company with many perks. Yearly bonus and salary increases. Great health care. Solid work environment with separate teams all working together

    Cons

    Self interest in certain areas rather than what is best for the firm

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more


  6. "docket"

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    Former Employee - Docket Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Docket Clerk in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    excellent place to work, friendly people

    Cons

    no cons I can think of

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Family atmosphere - Helpful supportive peers"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Department in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting Department in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Winston & Strawn full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to be, the people you work with make all the difference and there is a great team at Winston. You really feel they want you to succeed.

    Cons

    Can’t think of many but if I had to say something maybe better organization of job focus.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Winston & Strawn Response

    Sep 10, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review of Winston & Strawn. We often hear from our employees that the thing they most enjoy about the firm is the people with whom they work. The feedback we receive through our... More

  8. "Trying its best"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Winston & Strawn full-time

    Pros

    lots of autonomy
    trying to work on diversity and corporate social responsibility
    merit-focused

    Cons

    firm management ideals are sometimes inconsistent with what's happening on the ground

    Winston & Strawn Response

    Sep 11, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review of Winston & Strawn. We are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, and other aspects of our firm’s holistic... More


  9. "Conference Resources"

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

    I have been working at Winston & Strawn full-time

    Pros

    Great environment. like any corporate business you have the nice and not so nice but majority are extremely friendly.

    Cons

    None that come to mind


  10. "Legal secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay and training were very good

    Cons

    No work life balance. Very over worked. It was hard to ask and get time off when needed.

    Winston & Strawn Response

    Aug 27, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review of Winston & Strawn. We take employee feedback seriously and want to be responsive when we hear from someone who does not feel the firm is providing a positive staff... More