Lots of legal talent, but becoming very cut-throat
Of Counsel (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – October 9, 2017
Stoel Rives has several very excellent attorneys and has for many years had a firm culture of respect and collegiality; however, as the legal industry becomes more competitive and cut-throat, the powers at Stoel Rives have decided to change with it. Much of the unwelcome change has come as a result of the firm's growth and expansion. Some of the recent management decisions have demonstrated a complete lack of loyalty and respect for employees and partners who have been at the firm for years. While there's still a lot of legal talent at Stoel Rives, it's not the firm it once was.
Good legal work and lots of excellent legal talent.
Sr. Office Services Specialist (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – August 18, 2017
Executive committee is unable to make up their minds as to how best serve their employees. Outsourcing due to cost without researching the company or what is really being offered has a very negative effect on the firms staff.
A valuable work experience. I was able to challenge myself as well as work independently to draft letters and documents for assigned bosses while applying my knowledge of trademarks by docketing my bosses clients, which eventually became all of the trademark docketing with little or no supervision. Then when an opening came up for patent docketing, I was asked to consider it. I transferred to patent docketing which allowed me to learn about patents to the point of docketing both domestic and foreign data with little or no supervision.
Conflicts/New Business Specialist (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – January 6, 2016
Stoel Rives has always been independently wealthy and has always made a profit. The management and quality of workplace and feeling of camaraderie went downhill fast when they brought in Ryan Schlunz to make even more profit...outsourcing and firing entire admin departments and parts or most of others.
Information Processing Center ("IPC") Specialist (Former Employee) – Portland, Oregon – April 15, 2014
Working conditions were ideal. Could count on always having some very interesting work. Company was very good at letting employees advance their technical skills. Management was very fair. Co-workers were a great team. Hardest part of the job was leaving when the position had been eliminated. Most enjoyable part of the job was the people and the work.