Orrick

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Orrick Reviews

50 Reviews
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Orrick Chairman and CEO Ralph H. Baxter Jr.
Ralph H. Baxter Jr.
23 Ratings

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Pros
  • Great people, good opportunities to connect with fellow team members located in offices across the country (in 4 reviews)

  • Possibly the healthiest culture of all the unhealthy top law firms (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The pressure to work long hours is evident (in 4 reviews)

  • Your mileage may vary when it comes to the culture of a particular practice group or the personality of the partner(s) you work most closely with (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    In the beginning of my career, a wonderfully, nurturing, caring, well managed place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Orrick full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Now, more of a sweatshop, ill-managed, bottom-line-only-matters place to work.

    Cons

    You're a resource to achieve one strategic goal which is to make the partners rich. Once you've achieved your usefulness, you're cast aside with yesterday's garbage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the middle managers who cared about what they were doing and wanted to see Orrick succeed as a direct correlation with their subordinates success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are good, and the work/life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    It might be specific to my department, but there have been multiple breakdowns in communication and inability to correct workplace issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All parts of a conflict are important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Formerly great firm that's is now in a never-ending chase for higher profits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun, energetic people, great clients, beautiful offices.

    Cons

    Under "nice" veneer is a very sharp-elbowed firm where the financial and professional rewards are reaped by powerful rainmakers and their handpicked worker bees.

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  5.  

    Could Be Much More Effective with Better Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV

    I worked at Orrick as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging cases to work on, decent amount of support from team leads,exposure to various platforms, beautiful office

    Cons

    Blatant favoritism that lowers overall morale, low salary given the work being done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since this is a primarily contract worker office (which while I understand is cost effective, it makes me scratch my head when it comes to a company like Orrick), hiring should be based on merit and not favorites of team leads or otherwise. I know many people have been working there for years in hopes of one day getting hired, but the jury's still out...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A very nice experience with great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff
    Current Employee - Staff

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall a good atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    Implementation of change when not fully ready

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad, not good

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    Current Employee - IP Litigation Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - IP Litigation Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very involved, dedicated, appreciative teams; casual dress code (not even business casual, jeans are allowed every day).

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive as they claim; excessive hours; management is awful, most non-billable staff is not very responsive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Document Reviewer

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    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in Wheeling, WV

    I worked at Orrick as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, lenient work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Can be let go at an moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat people like cattle.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Used

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    Former Employee - Doc Review Attorney in Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Doc Review Attorney in Wheeling, WV

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Nice people. Good surroundings. Good coffee. Free parking. Interesting cases. Good dress code. Free CLE. Great IT department. Update computers with large screens

    Cons

    Too much in-breeding in direct supervisors. They choose favorites. They play power games and become intimidated if a doc review attorney out performs them, even if their perception is wrong. Management stunts grow of program and makes sure the reviewers with talent beyond the computer don't get asked back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the staff that is running doc review. They have been there way too long and are entrenched. They decide if they like you and will allow you to stay. So you have to kiss up to the non attorney managers and the staff attorney leads. This does not promote based on merit but rather favoritism. Program has great potential. Just inept management.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place, great people, growing too fast

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Great place, great people, great reputation

    Cons

    Growing too fast, not sustainable

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Orrick

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    it paid well, it had decent benefits, it had many nice and decent people to work with, and there was almost always a way to make extra money working over time.

    Cons

    it did not have up to date hardware or software, it was hard to get equipment or other items when required, there was a lack of appreciation of the paralegal support staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more merit based award system, treat the staff with more respect, balance work loads better, stop micromanagement and improve technology tools.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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