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Wilson Elser Paralegal Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Come prepared"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was great, beautiful office, and the personalities of the professional staff is a highlight of working there. There are opportunities to experience different aspect of the legal process.

    Cons

    Lack of support, and office acclamation training can slow down your productivity. Attorneys can be difficult, rude, and insulting making for a complicated work dynamic.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more ways to grow the abilities of your staff.

    Wilson Elser2019-07-03
  2. Helpful (10)

    "Toxic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard working and friendly support staff.

    Cons

    Partners and some attorneys have huge egos and very little professionalism. Lots of pretentious gossip and pettiness. ZERO camaraderie within the firm. Hard to be motivated when there are tiny raises, no bonuses and unfriendly attorneys and partners. Office manager cannot do anything at all with approval from New York. Training is non-existent. Sink or swim.

    Advice to Management

    Send all partners to a seminar regarding professionalism, privacy and HIPAA laws. Let them know some discussions should be had behind closed doors.

    Wilson Elser2018-05-04
  3. Helpful (17)

    "A Love-Hate, mostly HATE relationship"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits: medical, dental, vision, 401k, profit sharing, commuter benefits, expense reimbursement, low billing requisite, paid time off, scholarships, CLE events

    Cons

    This place was a sad good bye because I wanted to like working here, see pros section. But it was impossible to want to appreciate such a toxic work environment. Egos here run very high whether from attorneys and/or senior staffers. Putting people down or talking down to them as if they are idiots seemed to be the norm -- unknowingly, at least to my knowledge, to management. People who work here are combative,...

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    Advice to Management

    There is a fine line difference between skill and downright rude behavior. Just because an attorney has a bar license does not give them the right to disparage an employee. With that being said, the same applies to high seniority staffers. Working in the legal field requires a team effort, not a single person. Pay attention to your staff and be more involved in what goes around. Make them feel as if they have a voice,...

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    Wilson Elser2018-04-18
  4. Helpful (13)

    "I didn't think hell would be so cold..."

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well, if you manage to last for one year, your future employer will be impressed.

    Cons

    For the sake of all humanity, it's best that I don't answer this question.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP! Who's brilliant idea was it to slash half of the secretarial staff? Did anyone stop to think about how their work was going to be distributed? I'm sure the big guys gave each other a nice pat on the back, thinking they saved $$$ by no longer having to pay those salaries. Now that the attorneys are too afraid to give their secretaries work, for fear that they may witness heads explode, the paralegals have picked...

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    Wilson Elser2016-04-30
  5. Helpful (12)

    "Good for resume filler, but not for a career."

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large firm with a pretty established client base. Primarily low-margin insurance defense work. Thriving lobbying practice in Albany, New York.

    Cons

    Very corporate/distant culture. The firm is heavily dependent on a few larger clients, which gives these clients strong leverage to push fees down and keep them low. The firm has reacted by drastically slashing support staff in order to maintain margins for the equity partners. Salaries for support staff, associates, and non-equity partners is below industry averages. This is common for all insurance defense firms,...

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    Advice to Management

    The current emphasis on sustaining the increasingly irrational earnings expectations of equity partners at the expense of the rank and file is a sure recipe for the slow decline and eventual death of the firm.

    Wilson Elser2016-02-17
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Why Wilson Elser?"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for engaging, productive work. Intelligent, decent people. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Firm policies and practices can be exasperatingly impersonal and alienating. Too many excellent and highly capable people have left the firm. Poor remuneration for excellent work praised by client and attorneys alike.

    Advice to Management

    Replace or supplement your office administrator with a supervisor or manager - someone who knows how to organize, inspire, motivate and lead with intelligence, humor and wisdom. Revisit your policies and practices with respect to assessing, valuing and retaining staff.

    Wilson Elser2015-11-05
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Various range & exposure to different areas of law. Some people are nice

    Cons

    Large firm who cares about stiffing their hard working employees and putting even more money into partners pockets. They discriminate beyond belief. They screw people over and treat them like they are a dime a dozen and hold no value. I refer to this place as an HR nightmare, which guess what? THE HR Dept. IS A NIGHTMARE and they DO NOTHING to secure an equal, non discriminatory work environment. I've never seen so many...

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    Advice to Management

    Sell your firm, or fire everyone in management/HR and start over. This firm is disgusting.

    Wilson Elser2015-10-07
  8. Helpful (1)

    "good first job"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    hand on experience - great mentorship from partners and solid benefits. overall great work atmosphere

    Cons

    Not much room for growth in company as a professional/support staff employee without law school education

    Advice to Management

    focus on development of professional staff employees early so they can be fully prepared as time progresses

    Wilson Elser2015-07-05
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Sweatshop"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quarterly (if we're lucky) social gatherings that supply alcohol, all the legal pads and Wilson Elser pens you can dream of, free parking and wi-fi

    Cons

    Knowing and feeling what it is like to be subhuman, Incentive to meet your unreachable billing goal is keeping you job, punching in past your grace period or billing like an average attorney warrants a threatening email from your supervisor

    Wilson Elser2015-03-23
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wilson Elser offers an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience if you: a) have recently obtained your bachelors degree and wish gain legal experience before deciding on applying to law school, or b) wish to have a career as a paralegal but do not yet much professional experience. Your experience will vary significantly based on which practice group you work with. If you are put in with a good practice group,...

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    Cons

    There is limited room for growth as a paralegal, ie there was no opportunity to be promoted to a more senior position after several years on the job. It seems that the firm prefers to hire entry level paralegals, allow them to leave after a few years (due to lack of incentive to stay because of limited room for growth), then replace them with new entry level paralegals. The constant turnover can make the work environment...

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    Advice to Management

    Management should alter its business model to do more to encourage paralegals to stay for more than a brief period of time by offering more potential for growth. Allowing for the constant cycling in and out of paralegals seems shortsighted. Stability on the paralegal end would make life much smoother for the attorneys, who must grow tired of constantly working with new paralegals that are learning on job how to handle...

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    Wilson Elser2015-02-11
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