Thoughts on Wilson Elser? Comp and culture?

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4 people in my office were previously associates there. I've heard nothing but bad things. If you are a woman, stay away.

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Just one person's experience of being treated very unfairly as a woman by the firm. It could be a limited instance, but hearing about it definitely turned me off.

I've worked there. Depends which office you're in and which team you're on, but if it is NYC then you will most likely get some interesting work (think: high exposure construction accidents instead of sidewalk soft tissue cases).

I think the salary is comparatively low to some other players in, for example, the NYC ID market. A 5th year at the firm can expect a salary no higher than $130k and that may actually be generous. But monthly bonuses are nice. For example if you bill 200 hours in a month, the next month you get a separate direct deposit for $600. End of year you can count on a bonus/raise package between 10k and 20k if you have a few years under your belt.

The culture is fine. Hit your billables and do good work and you'll be left alone. But it is a revolving door. Plenty of associates go to WEMED for a year or two and then get plucked by firms willing to pay another 20-30k to steal you away. Happened to me.

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Things have definitely changed since I was there in 2012. I was med mal and made to feel terrible for making 100k. There were no monthly bonuses for 200 hours and my group was just awful.

I had a friend who was an associate there in the early aughts and she said she developed an eye twitch from the stressful culture there. And we were working at a pretty hellish midsize ID firm at the time so the fact that she thought WEMED was worse was telling to me. But that was a long time ago.

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Some Partners in my office left there to start their own firm. Never heard anything positive about Wilson Elser

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I worked there from 2017-2019, it’s really team/partner specific. I had a great team and it was a really positive experience for me. I had a really steady work flow but never anything crazy, got a ton of hands on experience, and had a lot of interesting cases. I was there when they started doing the monthly incentives, which were awesome. Also depending on your partner and how much they fight for you, you can get much better bonuses than other comparable firms.

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I was on the Professional Liability team

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The attorneys are super friendly and supportive HR on the other hand is a no. The head of HR for NYC will force you to take sick days rather than work from home and has a bias against Asian/Indians. Once you can get past having to work through any and every situation such as train issues and or a random issue.

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