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Satisfaction • “This is the best place to work in a demanding industry, period. The partners care, there is no minimum billable requirement, and the staffing is generally done right.” • “I get to work on the top deals on the valley while learning from some of the most accomplished M&A attorneys in the area. Even as a junior associate, I got to work directly with the partners and lead the deal, so I started drafting agreements, including the main definitive agreement, very early on. I’ve also worked on deals with larger teams and had the chance to learn from others more senior to me.” • “I am very satisfied with my job. The quality of work is great, the team is great and the work-life balance is the best I’ve experienced while working at a firm that is in the upper echelon of BigLaw. I have no intention of leaving Weil unless and until I’m ready to leave BigLaw.” • “I am fairly satisfied with my job—some of the work can be interesting and engaging, and you can take on responsibilities with certain matters. Other work can be boring or monotonous, and it is impossible to control the types of clients for which you will be working. Management within my group also leaves something to be desired.” Firm Culture • “I genuinely like and respect everyone that I work with. I have a strong working and social relationship with all associates in my group. I appreciate the firm events when I get to spend time with associates and partners in other groups as well. It is a welcoming and collegial environment.” • “Weil is a social place. Partners and associates frequently go out for drinks or dinner. We spend a lot of time together, so it is important that we get along well.” • “While the firm could be more proactive in planning social events, the culture of the firm is surprisingly friendly and welcoming. Having no minimum billing requirements especially helps alleviate that competitiveness and instead fosters a supportive network. I’ve felt comfortable requesting time off, and even in the midst of a signing or closing, following through on the plans I’ve made.” • “Particular groups are more open and collegial than others. The firm as a whole strives to be open, but people don’t have much interaction with other groups.” Associate/Partner Relations • “Partners are extremely invested in seeing their associates succeed. This trait carries across departments. On multiple occasions, partners in other groups have sought me out to discuss my career goals and offer to promote me and help me achieve those goals.” • “Relations between associates and partners are respectful and generally friends. Performance reviews are useful and encouraging but fairly pedestrian. Path to promotion from associate to counsel or partnership is not particularly clear or transparent.” • “Some partners and counsel are good at valuing associate input and recognizing when the associate is putting in a lot of effort on an assignment or case. Others are a bit
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