Orrick

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Orrick Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
50 Reviews
3.3
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Orrick Chairman and CEO Ralph H. Baxter Jr.
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Review Highlights

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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    Orrick

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick

    Pros

    Great benefits and employees are treated well.

    Cons

    Depends on area working in.

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    Excellent lawyers with respect for colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Orrick full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The majority of the partners are smart and personable and treat associates with respect. There is an emphasis on mentoring junior attorneys that is not uniformly applied but for those who are matched well it is an excellent program - and if you are not matched well there is an ability to discuss change. Open door policy with most attorneys and no real face time requirement.

    Cons

    The overall push for growth over the course of my 8+ years at Orrick shifted the culture from a layed-back and personable place to practice law (even with long hours and difficult demands from clients) to a greater focus on business generating and utilization rates. The difficult economy placed greater strains on partners and practice groups to perform at the top level constantly and that stress trickled down to the point that the collegial culture was strained. It was sometimes difficult to earn top market bonus even with an outstanding review because outside influences like departures from the practice group and temporary leave impacted the overall group numbers and reduced the amount the practice group leader had to reward associates which was often very frustrating.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to start

    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Orrick full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good lawyers, market salary, nice people

    Cons

    unpredictable hours, communication issues with staff

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    Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good staff leadership under Director of Administration

    Cons

    No real upward mobility for staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Groom loyal staff employees for better positions when skills/character have been proven.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very Good

    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Orrick full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Culture was definitely very good

    Cons

    Business Challenges exist after the finical crisis

  7.  

    Exciting, challenging, rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

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

    Pros

    Most 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.

    Cons

    Constantly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Clear reporting relationships, limit the "dotted lines"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work life balance fluctuates with the workload at the firm.

    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in New York, NY

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink formal processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Managing Associate
    Current Employee - Managing Associate

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Associate
    Current Employee - Managing Associate

    I have been working at Orrick part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the bonus structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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