Wilson Elser Employee Reviews about "good benefits"

Updated 13 Dec 2018

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  • "Billable hours are the idol of this firm(in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, free downtown parking,

    Cons

    Micromanaged, must punch a time clock, not a lot of flexibility

  2. Helpful (23)

    "Big Firm Hours and Expectations with Small Firm Pay"

    1.0
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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 prestige of working at a big firm goes far in building your resume and looking for your next job. 4. Good job security. They really do not fire attorneys. I heard if they don't want to keep you, they'll encourage you to leave, allowing you to transition. 5. Good benefits -- health, dental, life, 401k (no match), FSA, CBA, corporate discounts. Fake PTO, though (see below). 6. Excellent support staff for attorneys. Many Secretaries are smart and know all procedures. File clerks handle files for you and do it very well. Brilliant IT people. Remote dictation and word processing service make life easy.

    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 raise is 8%, and if you reach your hours, then bonuses, if they are given at all, are still only 4-figures. They are completely discretionary. 3. Constant hypocrisy in billing. All they want you to do is bill bill bill, but when you do, it's: a) you can't bill for this! b) why are you billing for this? c) how did you bill so much for this? Not to mention the tons of unbillable work you have to do that does not count towards your 2100. 4. The vacation time they give you is a mirage. You get 22 PTO days in your first year, then 27 each year thereafter, but you could never possibly take all of it and still meet your hours requirement. Every day you take is just hours you have to make up, and expect to be asked to work while sick or on vacation. Fakation. 5. They are a big law firm with 800 attorneys, and they pretend to be big law, but the salaries don't justify it. Don't expect to make 6 figures until at least your 6th year -- if you're lucky. Some junior partners don't even make the $160K that a first year associate makes at the real Big Law firms. 6. If you do happen to bring in business as an associate, don't expect it to mean much. I brought in a case from a big insurance company and it was barely recognized. They don't give commissions. 7. Don't expect to try a case as an associate. They only let partners do it. 8. Minimal work-life balance. Expect to be on call 24/7 and to cancel weekend plans on no notice.

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    "Staff Assistant"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, attorneys, and good benefits

    Cons

    Low pay and no advancement

  4. Helpful (12)

    "Tech Support"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Tech Support 

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

    Pros

    Fair pay, attorneys kind, good benefits

    Cons

    Supervisors have too much work of their own to train you; when/if they do find time to train you- they are not paying attention to your work because they are too distracted by their own. Every supervisor that you ask has a different requirement of assignments therefore it's impossible to perform work correctly. Managers and supervisors are HOSTILE, unsupportive, negative, discouraging and forget about asking questions because they will be met with unclarity and anger. Supervisor conducts a "boy's club" atmosphere, is unkind to females--unless he clearly fancy's them. Management is inappropriately connected.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good starter job"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Elser

    Pros

    Good benefits, good location, decent work-life balance

    Cons

    Management micromanages their staff. Pay below market. Stop picking on the staff. Get rid of Hal.

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  6. "Overall Decent Firm"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time

    Pros

    Mostly pleasant senior attorneys. Good benefits. Overall pleasant atmosphere.

    Cons

    Very few opportunities for growth for non-attorneys.

  7. Helpful (10)

    "Why Wilson Elser?"

    2.0
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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.

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  8. Helpful (9)

    "A necessary evil I suppose"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building, next to Pepsi (affordable lunches!). Really good benefits. They hire entry-level, which is hard to come by. Teaches you a lot in your department which definitely opens up doors for much better positions in other companies after you gain some experience.

    Cons

    I hope you like popularity contests! The work environment is absurd, tense, and stressful. Be prepared to be overworked, under-appreciated and underpaid. I hope you can tolerate passive aggression because that's also a common theme. Immature, unprofessional management, and that's not even including the infamous e-business director (see dozens of other reviews for more information). This place is a joke. I hope you're cool with getting complimented with dog treats! ;)

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    "too much politics and popularity contest over skills"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Elser full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I met some wonderful people in this firm and have lasting friendships. great vacation time if you are there after 3 years and pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    I have worked with this firm for many years, impeccable reviews along with being a strong team player and experienced with work. but if you are not particularly liked by one partner who brings in much money, then you could say good bye to your job, unless you allow him or them to flirt with you and go along with the way they mock other co-workers. No room to grow, capped off salaries for exempt staff, no bonuses, and no appreciation

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "Too Many Lay-Offs at Wilson Elser"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits at a good price. New offices. On-Site Cafe, free parking

    Cons

    They hardly close the office during blizzards. Sometimes they open with a delay. When it snows at work they hardly let you leave early. No bonuses Too many systematic layoffs that occur Feb-Apr. Everyone automatically worries. Out sourcing of positions happens as well. Good performance reviews do not ensure that you will not get l;aid off. Very little room for growth

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