Fenwick & West

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Fenwick & West Reviews

Updated 9 January, 2015
Updated 9 January, 2015
24 Reviews
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24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great opportunities--thriving practice

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    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)

    Pros

    It has a thriving Silicon Valley practice

    Cons

    People sometimes work long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A high quality firm with reasonable work/life balance.

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    Former Employee - Patent Engineer
    Former Employee - Patent Engineer

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

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    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)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Bay Area Location, Great Clients

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fits Silicon Valley

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    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)

    Pros

    Very amiable and efficient work environment.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I loved working at Fenwick

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    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Stuck in the same position, no room for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I may retire here

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stay calm and party on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Okay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fenwick & West

    Pros

    Good compensation and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Bill, bill, bill. All the time.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic tech-focused law firm.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Fenwick & West

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. Everyone is kind and friendly, and even the most important partners take an interest in the associates. We also have really great tech clients and we are involved in some of the largest deals in the silicon valley.

    Cons

    Like every big law firm, the hours are very long, and you are "on-call" all the time. Since we are on number of clients/deals at any particular time, there is a lot of juggling involved.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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