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Fenwick & West once a great firm

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Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mountain View, CA (US)

I have been working at Fenwick & West

Pros

The firm was a very good place to work. Things have changed and not for the better. To much favoritism for the younger staff and not for professionlism or competence.

Cons

The management is blind to what some employees do. Many employees are hard workers and not "in your face" social butterflies. Yet management seems to prefer the social butterflies to the hard workers. Especially the ones that brown nose them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Senior Management should really stand back and take a good look at the managers they have in place and realize that some of them are not people persons and treat their staff with disdain and sometimes cruelly. Once a leopard always a leopard and the spots will never change. You can take a panther and tame it and domesticate it, but in reality it is still a panther and their inate being is to be a panther. Hopefully before the firm collapses because of this blindness, Senior management will wake up to the fact that management is letting go of some really good employees and keeping the young, thin, but very incompetent ones.

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    Best biglaw firm you could work for.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Top practice in the country for corporate law for tech companies. Partners are supportive and friendly--no one yells at you, partners seem to actually care about your career development and overall well-being. Associates are treated better at Fenwick than at any other firm I've heard of.

    Cons

    It's still a law firm, so there will be long hours and the work can be monotonous. As an attorney, there isn't great 24 hour support staff coverage. At other firms I've heard you always have paralegals and assistants to help you out at all hours. This is sort of true at Fenwick, but the staff that's around overnight is minimal, so they're not always available to help you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Interesting. They are very concerned about maintain their status of "one of the best places to work", but fall short.

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some really great people here.

    Cons

    Still very hierarchal in nature (what can you say, it's a law firm!). Great if you are an attorney or paralegal, but not so much if you are staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None for staff. Just come do you job.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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