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Winston & Strawn Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits are good, but not competitive (in 7 reviews)

  • Winston & Strawn is a global law firm that values its attorneys and staff (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • There is a huge division between attorneys and staff (in 5 reviews)

  • Most days I ask myself if I work in a major law firm or a grade school (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    Since I started working at Winston, I have been given incredible opportunities to grow. My job duties go much further than I expected, and I am constantly given the support, guidance and resources to fulfill them. The firm itself, is working hard to boost employee moral though social activities, volunteer opportunities and fun perks throughout the year. The job expectations are high, but there are many great things to look forward to on a daily basis working at Winston.

    Cons

    Not at this time.


  2. "Gerat place to work"

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

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for professional growth.

    Cons

    There are no cons I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  3. "Good, but far from great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time

    Pros

    This is for the SF office only:
    - Easy commute since the building is close to a BART station
    - Attorneys and staff are usually very nice, even the difficult ones
    - Plenty of work to do and the office is nicely furnished
    - Not a lot of nonsense in terms of office operations
    - More holidays and the caps for sick/vacation time are huge so you can rack up some serious days.

    Cons

    - Unless you're in Chicago (HQ) or Houston (CIO's home office), you're stuck in your position, period. No moving up regardless of how many years you've racked up or your work quality or how many partners speak up about it.
    - Poor-performing individuals still working only because they're chummy with a higher-up, despite complaints from other higher-ups.
    - Stealth layoffs
    - Empty promises of better things to come
    - Too many projects that are driven to "completion", which means they're only half-done and require a whole bunch of running around putting out fires

    Advice to Management

    Plenty to give, but since they're not geared towards squeezing more dollars per hour, they'll be ignored so what's the point.

    Winston & Strawn Response

    Sep 22, 2017 – Sr. Recruitment Specialist

    Thank you for your review of Winston & Strawn. We often receive positive feedback from our employees about the firm’s collegial culture, attractive office space, and generous benefits. Winston makes... More


  4. "Blessed to Work with Winston & Strawn LLP staff and management."

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    Current Employee - Executive Persnal Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Persnal Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professionalism and respect. Work/Life truly exists here.

    Cons

    Medical - high deductible. Please lower.

    Advice to Management

    Keep It Up! Tenure is rampant because of you. Thank you for believing in me.


  5. "Quality and service oriented"

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    Former Employee - Communications in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Communications in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Consistent level of high quality service, positive attitude, and responsiveness from all levels -- staff, associates, and partners. Senior management and partners are much more accessible than you may be led to believe.

    Cons

    Lingering separation between lawyers and non-lawyers.


  6. "Most People Are Nice"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant
    Former Employee - Project Assistant

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time

    Pros

    Most Attorneys were nice. I got stuck with some crazies who made our lives miserable. I imagine it was like working in a big law firm anywhere. Either feast or famine. Could be super stressful at times over silly thing like printing labels.

    Cons

    Super quiet generally. Not much comradery in the halls etc. People are nice but not very friendly atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Give paralegals more substantive work


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time

    Pros

    Smart, driven attorneys with interesting clients (and legal work)

    Cons

    Management was disorganized and did not know how to effectively manage associate work load

  8. Helpful (4)

    "There are better"

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    It's just okay. There are better firms.

    Cons

    There is a huge division between attorneys and staff. The attorneys treat staff like second class citizens. The management and the human resources department are still out of touch with staff. They recruit employees to post positive reviews. Really. And, get ready everyone on staff, the next round of layoffs is right around the corner.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the fake reviews. Be honest.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management and team environment

    Cons

    Not many opporutnities for promotion

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  10. "Great firm culture for support staff"

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    Former Employee - Docket Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Docket Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Winston & Strawn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Nice office
    Good quality technology
    Efficient work place
    Great work life balance
    The location is great in terms of transport and lunch options

    Cons

    Break rooms kind of dumpy
    Not a lot of major negatives to speak of
    Rare to see natural sun light from any interior office which requires having to go find it


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