Wilson Elser Paralegal Reviews

Updated 13 Jul 2020

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3.2
38%
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Wilson Elser Chairman Dan McMahon
Dan McMahon
5 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "If you like to be micromanaged, this is the place for you."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    Peers/Colleagues are great. Most attorneys are approachable and helpful. Paid covered parking.

    Cons

    Lack of adequate training or professional development. Upon hire, expected to learn computer system and software on the job immediately after compliance videos watched in order to start billing. OA micromanages every move and has favorites. OA doesn't advocate for paraprofessionals or staff, but will say what makes her look good in eyes of upper management. Very, very little flexibility with hours of work and remote working. Pay is low compared to other firms this size. Not told sick days are part of PTO during negotiations, so have to use PTO if sick. Required to punch in at start of day, punch out for lunch, punch in after lunch and out at end of work day. Reprimanded if punches aren't within time allowed. Many times need to work off the clock to complete work, but not allowed to be paid OT, or reprimanded if need to work extra to complete project.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Look elsewhere"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation for the work load

    Cons

    Micromanaged; very corporate mentality, attorneys can be high maintenance


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Would Not Recommend"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, including attorneys, good salary.

    Cons

    Too many attorneys per assistant (5-6), administration unprofessional.

  4. "Great learning experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, great learning experience, awesome co-workers

    Cons

    Work overload, lack of direction when starting

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Typical Firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office moral among other paralegals and legal assistants

    Cons

    The pay is low and no sick days Little guidance when starting out

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Calm, average"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal Clerk in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    paid holiday, pay time off

    Cons

    same work load, nothing new

  7. Helpful (7)

    "Come prepared"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Bait and Switch"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secretary/Paralegal in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice office. The office tries to take the upper road and be very ethical which is important nowadays.

    Cons

    I was hired to be a paralegal not a highbred cat -dog. I don’t know if it’s their way of saving money or whatever but I was very poorly trained and at the time that I interviewed, with simply asked if I minded helping out with secretarial work. I thought that meant when there was a rush or an overload as a member of the team would I help and of course I said yes. No it really is you are mostly a secretary-ie 80%. I think I would be more successful if I had been better trained and the desk I was sitting out with a different desk

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  9. Helpful (11)

    "Toxic work environment"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  10. Helpful (22)

    "A Love-Hate, mostly HATE relationship"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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, unappreciative, micromanaging, and opinionated. Couple that with high levels of stress, indecisiveness, and a habit to order people like their petulant children is a receipt for disaster. There is no sense of community or teamwork.

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