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Updated Apr 10, 2014

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3.3 43 reviews

70% Approve of the CEO

Orrick Chairman and CEO Ralph H. Baxter Jr.

Ralph H. Baxter Jr.

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very Good

    Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsCulture was definitely very good

    ConsBusiness Challenges exist after the finical crisis

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    Exciting, challenging, rewarding

    Marketing (Former Employee)

    ProsMost of the people are great, very collegial & creative. Always a lot of growth, change, evolution which allows for much professional growth & exposure to various leaders.

    ConsConstantly shifting priorities/expectations, some of the people are not so great, and at times too many decision-makers which leads to frustration & inefficiency (also too many egos!).

    Advice to Senior ManagementClear reporting relationships, limit the "dotted lines"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Work life balance fluctuates with the workload at the firm.

    Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFirm is fairly prestigious, old school, very established, great pay and fairly good benefits.

    ConsVery bureaucratic. Firm has associates on regular track, and alternative work arrangements, career associates, etc., which don't necessarily mean better hours, but may mean lesser pay.

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    Entrepreneurial Spirit

    Director of Business Development (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe firm, unlike most law firms, has an entrepreneurial spirt that drives innovation. The firm is in constant motion, finding new ways to provide more creative ways to assist clients.

    ConsThe cons are the constant motion doesn't allow for any processes. People tend to miscommunicate and step on one another's toes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRethink formal processes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    High quality work, clients, and colleagues. People are respectful of one another and work well together.

    Managing Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people. The attorneys and staff at Orrick are very smart, dedicated, care about their work, and care about one another. There are no "yellers" here. Everyone works well together. You feel like you are a well respected and needed part of a team.

    ConsThe bonus structure leaves too much discretion in the hands of partners who have no time to adequately evaluate your work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the bonus structure.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work

    Managing Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsI worked for Orrick for several years as an attorney. The staff and other attorneys are generally good to work with and friendly. Great people, supportive environment.

    ConsThe work flow can be sporadic. Some of the partners are stand offish. Managment is not always as transparent as it appears.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Former Associate

    Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsMarket matching pay; high quality work; early responsibility; generally flexible hours (so long as the work gets done). They offer a non-partner track for associates who do not aspire to (or have the endurance to reach) partner -- its still unclear how long a career one could expect on that path.

    ConsThough flexible, the hours are many. Not specific to Orrick, but law firm culture/environment is a tough fit for most folks. Partner track is ~10 years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Probably as good as it gets for biglaw, but that's not saying much

    Managing Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAlternative Work Arrangements available, including Custom Track positions (80% schedule, 90% schedule, etc.) and flex time (working from home some days); many understanding partners; above-market compensation

    ConsSome awful partners; long hours (as with any large New York law firm); insufficient advancement of women; some practice groups do not have sufficient work to go around; some truly abysmal support staff and services

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline the support staff and services

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great culture, but still BigLaw

    Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPossibly the healthiest culture of all the unhealthy top law firms. Friendly, down-to-earth people. This is not a work-hard, play-hard environment - it's a work-hard-so-you-can-go-home-and-have-a-life environment. There's no pressure to stay late, just to get your work done on time. (If you're working past 8:00, you risk being seen as inefficient.) Management makes an effort to be transparent.

    ConsThe culture is so "nice" that you might get nothing but good feedback and you might not find out about a problem until performance review or bonus time comes around. 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. Some are great managers and communicators; others are cold and difficult to please. The move to the new offices was supposed to be an upgrade, but now it means tiny shared offices for some junior associates, sad windowless rooms for others, and unforgiving glass walls for all. No matter how "healthy" the culture is comparatively, it's still BigLaw: associates are given more work than they have time to complete well, and everyone is terrified of screwing up because they feel like they have no idea what they're doing and have to finish everything in a frantic rush.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't withhold constructive feedback in an effort to be kind to your associates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good People, Hard Work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsOrrick culture is very friendly and informal for a law firm. Everyone tends to maintain a sense of humor even in difficult situations. The senior attorneys are approachable and take time to talk to staff. They make deliberate efforts to involve junior staff and are willing to give you opportunities you may not get at other big firms. If you are very ambitious, there is room for growth.

    ConsThe pace is exacting. Expect to work your ass off. Senior employees work very hard and you will be expected to match them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore options for work/life balance. It's an all or nothing proposition.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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