Fenwick & West Reviews

Updated 8 April 2015
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  1. Interesting. They are very concerned about maintain their status of "one of the best places to work", but fall short.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    None for staff. Just come do you job.

  2. I feel like I died and went to job heaven.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, constant parties and employee appreciation acts (for example, hey you guys are working hard so hear we hired a company to make crepes for everybody), good salaries, supportive management and co-Workers, great location, and a real sense of community. I feel like everything I do is received with so much appreciation. As for business, the firm handles some of the biggest names in technology and life sciences.

    Cons

    I can't think of one bad thing to say.

    Advice to Management

    I love Fenwick. Keep doing everything right. Thank you for making such a supportive and diverse environment.

  3. Great opportunities--thriving practice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Of Counsel in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Of Counsel in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has a thriving Silicon Valley practice

    Cons

    People sometimes work long hours

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  5. A high quality firm with reasonable work/life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patent Engineer
    Former Employee - Patent Engineer

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally a good group of people that are enjoyable to work with. A chance to work on important and interesting subject matter. Above average compensation. Part time options for attorneys not looking to bill a large number of hours can be a bonus to some.

    Cons

    No significant downsides, though a significant amount of work is required. It became clear that the type of work involved in the profession was not for me long term.

  6. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Bay Area Location, Great Clients

    Cons

    Law Firm Atmosphere, Can be Long Hours Depending on Practice Group

  7. Fenwick and West is a testament to the Silicon Valley culture of excellence and progressive thinking

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fenwick management is typically rather positive and encouraging. The pay is highly competitive, but the workplace atmosphere is more incusive than divisive. Fenwick employees work as a team to exceed client expectations and everyone seems to always be looking for ways to help the firm grow and succeed.

    Cons

    With the firm growing it seems there is a lack of space in the building causing some people to be put in small cubicles, but more spaces are being built to fix that.

  8. Fits Silicon Valley

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Technician in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Technician in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very amiable and efficient work environment.

    Cons

    The division of departments within the office building could be improved.

  9. I loved working at Fenwick

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Room to learn, value employees. Good place to career.

    Cons

    Stuck in the same position, no room for advancement.

  10. I may retire here

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Guy in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Information Technology Guy in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Fenwick & West full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I feel valued and supported by my management and team. I am quite happy with my compensation and the work I am doing is exciting and challenging. The culture here is very diverse and very unique. I really think this may be the best place that I have ever worked and its definitely not my first. Fenwick is committed to using cutting edge technology and doesn't skimp on technology resources for its employees. Event our onsite datacenter is world class and leed platinum certified.

    Cons

    We get moved around a lot. I guess we are running out of space here..

    Advice to Management

    Stay calm and party on!

  11. Helpful (1)

    Stratified

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    Former Employee - Secretary in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Secretary in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Fenwick & West full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The San Francisco office at least is in a lovely location, and the interior decoration is nice.

    Cons

    It's very stratified. Although attorneys depend on administrative staff, the two classes of employees are treated completely differently, not only in terms of respect but in the matter of what benefits each is eligible to receive. It makes it difficult to have a cohesive work culture.

    Advice to Management

    You may have employees performing different functions, and of course the attorneys should be more highly compensated, but unless you can do without the administrative staff you should make it clear that they're valued. Solicit and listen to their opinions.

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