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Wilson Elser Associate Reviews

Updated Apr 26, 2019

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Very nice place to work - excellent office environment and capable attorneys"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All of the attorneys are genuinely nice people. They really do care about their fellows/personnel, and management is available to listen and be flexible when needed. Lots of cooperation between the attorneys, and they really stress on being professional and ethical (very rare nowadays!). As an Associate, as long as you are billing your hours you will not get problems in taking some days off for a vacation or other...

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    Cons

    No 401k contribution; high billable requirement (2000 - 2100 to be bonus eligible); type of work in the Las Vegas office is pretty much only personal injury; lower pay compared to other firms that are the same size, especially when counting the high billables. Of Counsel/Partnership track is not really clear. I wish there a discussion with each Associates as how to get there from the very beginning, maybe creating...

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    Advice to Management

    With a few changes, this office could really be an amazing place to work at. Billables are really high, especially for an insurance defense firm where you are not really allowed to bill for all your activities. Allow for some positions part-time, completely remote, and/or hourly. It is hard, but you will be able to retain more talents.

    Wilson Elser2019-04-26
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Company Great Place to Learn"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy working for Wilson Elser.

    Cons

    There is an expectation of billing 2100 hrs.

    Wilson Elser2019-03-18
  3. "Unimpressed"

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser for less than a year

    Pros

    Big name in the insurance defense world.

    Cons

    Overall, employees seemed unhappy. I suspect this is because of the surprisingly low compensation.

    Wilson Elser2019-02-09
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I work full-time as an Associate at Wilson Elser. To date, I've had a very pleasant experience. The partners I work with are supportive, encouraging, and consistently lend guidance to their associates. The staff is also equally helpful, and there a number of resources readily available at the firm for support to the associates. It's honestly a great place to learn and grow at as an attorney.

    Cons

    Intermittent technology/remote access issues

    Wilson Elser2018-09-12
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Associate Litigation Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Tons of support staff, some great lawyers, lots of resources.

    Cons

    If you work for a bad partner, your life will be miserable. Most associates last less than 2 years unless they want to commit their lives to WEMED.

    Wilson Elser2018-09-08
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to gain experience"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of associates and partners to gain insight and legal advice. Free CLEs and free pizza (sometimes). My supervision partner is usually helpful and I gained a lot of litigation experience. Firm name recognition for lateral purposes.

    Cons

    2100 hours, which is impossible unless you pad your hours or work on the weekends. I found 2100 hours to be extremely difficult in light of the low salary. Also, they have been cutting down their support staff, so now associates also have to be "secretaries" as well.

    Advice to Management

    Add support staff and lower your billables.

    Wilson Elser2018-05-08
  7. Helpful (16)

    "Sweatshop. High turnover. Attorneys make $40/hr pre-tax."

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

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    "You must enter at least 5 words for Pros."

    Cons

    Be wary of positive reviews -- HR tells people to submit Glassdoor reviews. Awful place to work as an attorney. Workload is unmanageable. At the time I quit, every associate and paralegal was actively interviewing for other jobs. Every. Management demands weekends in the office (not even from home). Most attorneys in our office work 60+ hours a week (we are not even a top-10 market). No support from management,...

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    Wilson Elser2018-01-31
  8. Helpful (22)

    "Big Firm Hours and Expectations with Small Firm Pay"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Great experience (except for the no trial part, see below) working in a variety of case types, handling everything from the answer up until trial. But experience is what you get when you don't get what you want, right? Which is a real salary commensurate with the job. 2. Pretty good training and education. Decent guidance on how to become a real lawyer and do what you don't learn in law school. 3. The respect and...

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    Cons

    1. Baited and switched from before I even accepted the offer. After I got the offer, I asked about the work hours for attorneys and was told it varies, some attorneys work 9-6, some work more. I was not told about the insane 2100 billable hour requirement until after I started. Some nights, I worked past midnight. 2. Raises are so minimal. If you have not been there for a full year, expect around 1.5%. The maximum annual...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay your Associates at a rate commensurate with the amount of work they do.

    Wilson Elser2017-12-28
  9. Helpful (12)

    "Associate Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Diverse work load, lots of litigation

    Cons

    Awful experience - high billable requirement, low morale, no mentorship from senior or supervising attorneys, work/life imbalance, cut throat atmosphere, support staff is overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Start over, seriously.

    Wilson Elser2017-12-27
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Gain litigation experience quickly; gain familiarity with other local firms and judges. Paid maternity leave. Free CLEs and CLE tracking.

    Cons

    High turnover of associates. Comparably low salary in light of the heavy work load. Long hours and Saturdays expected. Politics. Heavy focus on billable hours requirements.

    Wilson Elser2017-08-01
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