Wilson Elser Reviews

Updated 13 Jul 2020

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2.9
39%
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65%
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Wilson Elser Chairman Dan McMahon
Dan McMahon
63 Ratings
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  • "Billable hours are the idol of this firm(in 22 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared to comparable sized firms(in 14 reviews)

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  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. "Great Law Firm"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great work environment with great people.

    Cons

    Billable hours, but this comes with any litigation law firm


  3. 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

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Watch Out"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Pretty well-known firm, kind support staff, some nice attorneys.

    Cons

    A lot of billable hours without market or commensurate pay. If you’re not assigned to a good partner, or you’re assigned to one who has a clear personality disorder, you’re not going to have a good time

  5. Helpful (13)

    "Quite Possibly The WORST Decision You’ll Ever Make (IT Dept)"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Department in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The IT staff works tirelessly and bands together to accomplish completely unrealistic timelines while the CIO sits upon high cracking his whip of ignorance. The teamwork and level of overtime the IT team puts in to be successful shows a level of dedication to each other.

    Cons

    The IT team has had to band together to stand and survive against a tyrant of a CIO. The CIO, Gerard Pento, may be the CIO, but he is the furthest thing from a leader. The entire non-hourly staff is literally forced to work extensive overtime week in and week out to meet timelines that, even though the team and managers clearly state, are not achievable with the resources. And then, when the team is required to document the time they put to projects and operations level work, we are only allowed to put 40 hours. This way, the CIO can report up to his leadership his successes on the back of his slave-driving. And, when the managers speak up against the reporting, he calls them out for being horrible managers to silence them. His entire direct report and non-direct report managers have become a band of yes people through no fault of their own. There is only so long that you can try to be a voice of reason to a CIO that has no clue how to lead. And every time they try and push for change, the CIO buries them in unattainable goals, write-ups, bad HR reviews. All to replace them because he does not want anyone to stand against him. It’s his way, or he will make your life a living hell. No less than 20 managers, 10 project managers, numerous team leads, and operations staff have come and gone under the dark reign of the CIO. The ENTIRE IT staff finally stood together and cried out to HR for help with the countless documented incidents of individual and group harassments, gender bias, and racial discrimination. The CIO even has had previous lawsuits against him for his actions. Six months later, senior leadership has done nothing. They have ignored the complaints—the pleas for help. And the staff continue to run out the door. In todays climate of business, the complete lack of action shows they only care for their bank accounts and bonuses, but also that the employee's mental health, well-being, work-life balance mean NOTHING to them.

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Nice Try"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Staff 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -some great partners and associates - offices are clean -good PTO -support staff is great to work with

    Cons

    -benefits are expensive -pay is well below the market average -some terrible partners who don't care about their direct reports well-being -IT is great to work with even though the technology is pretty outdated.

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  7. 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.

  8. "Great Working Environment With A Company Who Cares About Its Employees"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, the company cares about its employees

    Cons

    none honestly, everyone is professional and courteous

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Management"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Law Clerk 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff. Reputable and well known name.

    Cons

    Poor management. Very stingy on assigning work to clerks.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Lifestyle"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Loan Review Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always busy, Collegiality, Willing to give senior associates the chance to expand book of business

    Cons

    High billing requirements can be difficult to meet

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