What Employees Say
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People celebrate special events around here.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
Management is competent at running the business.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
What They Do
We asked Warner Norcross & Judd LLP to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.
Warner Norcross & Judd is one of the largest and most successful law firms in Michigan, with 220 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Macomb County, Midland, Muskegon and Southfield, providing trusted legal counsel since 1931.
About this Company
| Website: www.wnj.com|| Industry: Professional Services|
| US Headquarters: Grand Rapids, Michigan|| US Sites: 8|
| Major Locations: Southfield, Michigan; Macomb, Michigan; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Midland, Michigan; Muskegon, Michigan; Holland, Michigan; Lansing, Michigan|| US Employees: 376|
| Corporate Structure: Partnership|| Founded: 1931|
Perks and Programs
We asked Warner Norcross & Judd LLP to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.
- Outstanding Performance and Attitude Awards: Any firm member can nominate a co-worker for an Outstanding Performance Award to recognize that employee for going above and beyond expectations. The employee receives a certificate along with a $50 gift card. Any firm member can nominate a co-worker for an Outstanding Attitude Award to recognize that employee for lending a helping hand and for having a positive attitude. The employee receives a certificate along with a $25 gift card to a restaurant of their choosing for "lunch on the firm." The awards are not limited in number.
- Administrative Professionals Week: Biennially, the week of Administrative Professionals Day, the firm treats all staff members to a week of gifts, surprises and treats. In 2015, staff received: Monday - a flower and vase with the firm's logo with a special thank you note from our managing partner, Tuesday - a hot buffet breakfast served by a group of apron-clad firm partners, Wednesday - an umbrella with the firm's logo, Thursday - a Subway gift card and a drink, Friday - an ice cream novalty cart. Our staff loved the surprise each day! In the alternative year, the firm does something special for the staff on Administrative Professional's Day. In 2016 the firm hosted a pizza/salad lunch, and had a rainbow candy buffet for all to enjoy!
- Bring a Child to Work Day: Biennially the firm invites members to bring a child(ren) (ages 9-12) to work for the day! The Human Resources Department hosts the day, which includes a firm tour, a fun age-appropriate activity in each department, lunch with their sponsor on the top floor of our building, and a mock trial in the federal courthouse, including a visit from the US Federal Marshal's Office to learn more about the judicial process. This event grows every year, and in 2016 we had 55 children! Each child also receives a backpack to hold the day's goodies. This opportunity introduces children at a young age to the variety of job opportunities in the legal industry.
- CFO ("Chief Fun Officer): Our self-appointed CFO "Chief Fun Officer" has planned numerous fun and engaging activities and events for firm members. The firm held an Ugly Holiday Sweater party which raised over $1000 for charity. This day incorporated a "fashion show" of ugly holiday sweaters where firm members walked a runway. The CFO also planned an all-firm tailgate where employees picked a theme by floor/office and held a theme related potluck surrounding the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game.
- One Book, One Firm and Diversity Book Club: Each year our Diversity Partner selects a diversity-themed book for the firm and follows it up with related programming and discussions over a firm hosted lunch. Additionally, a book club meets quarterly and reads and discusses diversity-themed literature.
- Food-Related Perks: The firm provides a healthy breakfast for all members, including bagels, toast, peanut butter, granola and fruit. The firm also provides a selection of fresh, sliced vegetables every Wednesday afternoon. The firm also has discounted soda, special donut days and provides a pizza lunch to those working in the office on Saturday.
- Great Wolf Lodge: Every 2-3 years as our summer/picnic event, the firm hosts an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge, which includes overnight lodging, water-park passes, an evening group meal and a snack bag with the firm logo for their room. In 2015, the firm reserved 90 rooms and hosted approximately 500 people. Employees appreciate this opportunity to socialize with co-workers and to meet each other's families.
- Wellness Program: The firm provides on-site wellness/health coaching, on-site free fitness classes, lunch and learns, and delicious demos, in addition to on-site bio-metric screening. An online portal helps track activity and participation in online fitness/wellness challenges. For example, in 2016 we held the wellness challenge "Battle of the Buildings." This challenge consisted of a 7-week individual and team activity challenge focused on motivating participants to engage in daily physical activity. Overall, there were 74 participants and 5 teams based on office location. A total of 80,780.61 active minutes were recorded for participants!
- Financial Wellness: Quarterly lunch and learns on a financial wellness topic as well as twice per year visits from our retirement plan investment managers help to insure firm members have the resources and advice available to manage their money. Our biennial all day on-site retirement seminar helps firm members plan an effective transition into retirement.
- Mastering WN&J Technology: The firm's Information Systems Department provides ongoing professional development through classes, created in-house, on basic and advanced Microsoft Office and Windows Skills. They use varying times and formats to engage firm members such as go-to meetings, webinars, recorded videos and regular visits to our regional offices. After every class or video, there is an online quiz. Once ten classes and quizzes have been completed, participants receive a $50 Meijer gift card.
COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS
| 50% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 6% of an employee's salary||86% Company-paid health coverage for employees (This applies to full-time, non-partners.)|
| 77% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (This applies to full time, non-partners.)|| 86% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers|
| 19 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance|
- Health insurance for retirees
- Pre-tax savings account
- Long-term care insurance to employees
PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
- Free snacks during the day
- Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
- Discount ticket sales
- Subsidized public transportation
- Free beverages during the day
- On-site package/mailing service
- Fitness classes
- Personal travel service
WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS
| 18 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment|| 18 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment|
| Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment|
WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS
FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS
|60 days Job-protected maternity leave||60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)|
|60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take||$2,500 Adoption benefit|
|60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents||30 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)|
FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS
- Lactation room(s)
- Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS
- Medical care
- Vision care
- Mental health care
- Fertility treatments
- Dental care
- Prescription drug subsidy
- Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
ONSITE HEALTH BENEFITS
- Flu shots
- Fitness center (at some locations)
- Complete biometric screening
- Subsidized offsite gym memberships
Community Involvement & Philanthropy
| $1,237,546 Philanthropic donations in last year|
- 'Diversity Committee which is lead by the Diversity Partner' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
- 5 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
- Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
- Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
How to Get Hired
We asked Warner Norcross & Judd LLP for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
While we look for candidates with the skills and education required by the position, other factors are equally important. We look for team players who seek excellence in their area of contribution and who have a strong client service orientation. Continuous improvement and passion are also critical characteristics we are seeking. Dependability and a proven track record of success are indicators of a prospective long-term employment relationship.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
Prospective employees can get our attention by providing examples of a demonstrated, ongoing commitment to teamwork and client service.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
Open positions can be found on our website under Careers.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Candidates interested in exploring career opportunities with Warner Norcross & Judd should visit the Careers page on our website, www.wnj.com.
| 25 Job openings forecast for coming year|| -1% Job Growth|
| 69 Average applicants per opening|| 2,500 Applications received|
| 36 Positions filled in past year|| 36 New positions created|
| 5 Jobs filled by current employees|| Yes Recruits on college campuses|
| 7 New graduates hired|| 6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees|