9/1/10

A True "Inside Look" At Westlaw

[Note to those visiting 3 Geeks for the first time: Check out this week's Elephant Post on 'Rightsizing']

There have been a number of us in the law library field that have taken an "Inside Look" at the Westlaw facility in Eagan, Minnesota. We get to see the facility, talk with the research attorneys, and marvel at the engineering and technology involved in making sure that Westlaw is functioning at peak performance. However, it wasn't until today that I really got an "inside look" at what some of the contractors at Westlaw are doing. I can see why the folks at West left this part off of the tour.

According to one of the contractor's personal blog, "watching TV, You-tubing, and Facebooking" are the main events of the day. Add this with watching three seasons of Friday Night Lights and surfing e-bay for deals. Seems that priorities for at least one contractor are clear... personal time trumps checking data:
I watched three seasons of Friday Night Lights and bought and sold hundreds of dollars of ebay merchandise while all the Novus data I was supposed to be checking went un-checked in front of me. [editor’s note – if you’re a Westlaw subscriber and your database isn’t displaying properly…sorry…It was because I was on Hulu.com during external release testing.]
It makes for great reading if you're a Westlaw subscriber. Take a look at some of the other posts presented by the contractor about his work at Westlaw:

Findlaw, Thomson Reuters, Lame Jim and Hot Elena
Caroline, Findlaw and Spyhouse Coffee
1st Day at Thomson Reuters. High Hopes…Quickly Dashed

My personal favorite from this blogger is his introduction of his writings through a quick video. What's not to love about a man, a blog, an amp, and a cold can of Bud.




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11 comments:

Sarah G. said...

This is so bad I almost wonder if it's a fake. Surely someone wouldn't be so stupid as to put "WESTLAW" and "FINDLAW" in easily findable blog posts about their job and goofing off at said job, would they?

Greg Lambert said...

I know what you mean... It does seem a little "too good to be true" (or actually whatever the opposite of that saying is!)

Anonymous said...

Having spent about a year as a WL contractor, that can't be fake. WL treats contractors like crap and they pay even worse. And the way he/she describes the campus is too spot-on. I have a friend in Findlaw and she says the people he describes are actual people there.

Johnny B said...

It's someone definitely looking for attention, so possibly a former contract employee. Or someone who knows one.

Pancho said...

what blogger isn't looking for attention?

Greg Lambert said...

I knew one once... But he doesn't blog any more...

Thea Warner said...

Sounds like a certain Mike Judge film to me. I wonder if he (WL contractor) cleans and filets fish at his desk?

pubspradley said...

Great find. I imagine he wants to be fired.

a former FindLaw contractor who left the company on good terms said...

I don't think this is someone who WANTS to get fired. I think it's someone who DID get fired a long time ago (probably for engaging in the unethical behavior he describes in his blog) and is still bitter. An article posted on August 16, 2010 mentions "free soda," a benefit which was discontinued over a year ago.

"Kilby," if you're reading this, move on and apply at McDonald's where your work ethic might be tolerated.

For the record, "Anonymous," I worked as a contractor in both FL and WL and was never "treated like crap" and was actually paid very competitively. Perhaps you and Kilby were treated and paid what you were worth?

Jason C. said...

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/thomsonreuters-westlaw-c220642.html

pubspradley said...

Hey Greg,

Your post inspired this blog post from Kelly: Stand Out from the Crowd with Personalized Legal Website Content.

Regards,

Matt Spradley

 

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