Orrick Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    great firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm offers challenging work and a collegial environment. Innovative leadership and relatively entrepreneurial for a law firm. Has grown carefully and strategically over the years.

    Cons

    Long hours; path to partnership is unclear. New hyper focus on social media presence and increased spend on marketing is hard to rationalize.

  2. Paralegal

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

    I worked at Orrick full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours and workflow. Limited upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very easy to contact.

  3. I love working at Orrick's Global Operations Center

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Good people
    - The GOC is a back office support center for the firm and attorneys in the practice offices are appreciative of our work and generally great to work with

    Cons

    - Not a variety of lunch spots within walking distance of the GOC
    - Very low turnover so it can be hard to move upward in the organization because your boss does not leave

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  5. Fantastic platform for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Manager in Wheeling, WV

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Annual reviews
    Regular opportunity for merit increase and bonus
    Office culture
    Firm culture
    Opportunities for professional growth
    Opportunities to work with colleagues around the world

    Cons

    Lack of connection between offices
    Cultural disparities between practice offices and GOC
    No organized leadership or management training for mid-level staff

  6. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Orrick is an innovative firm, and the people who work there are collegial. Most are very respectful of one another. It's a friendly environment where employee opinions matter. Work/life balance. Women and LBGT Community awareness and focus. Pro Bono and Community Volunteer activities. Associate and staff salaries are competitive. Alternative Work Arrangements and flexible work schedules available for many positions. Business casual dress with jeans on Fridays, year-end and other times throughout the year. Fun activities and events. Hot breakfast once a month.

    Cons

    Culture shift from California (casual, comrade) to New York (business, bottom-line ) frame of mind. All decisions must be approved by decision-makers instead of allowing competent personnel to make daily decisions. Skewed staff compensation model in Wheeling. Some get paid very well and others get paid below market. Some positions have limited growth potential, but it is similar to other employers.

    Advice to Management

    Find a happy middle ground, set goals and provide directives then allow employees to do their jobs (including making rationale decisions).

  7. Great People, Great Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Orrick is full of incredibly intelligent people who genuinely care about each other. The firm is focused on developing and retaining their top talent. The benefits options are extensive and the pay definitely keeps up with the marketplace. The firm is committed to giving back through pro bono work and community service activities. The Chairman has made significant strides towards transparency and shares information regularly with attorneys and staff. The firm recognizes that everyone contributes to the success of Orrick and provides a lot of opportunities to celebrate together through events, happy hours, staff appreciation week, and regular group activities outside of the workplace. A lot of jobs are flexible enough to allow for working remotely.

    Cons

    The departments work very independently of one another and will often times step on each other when pursuing an initiative. Communication is improving, but it is still a challenge. Investments are sometimes times delayed at the expense of productivity and personal development.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a significant investment in our IT systems.

  8. IT Specialist II

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist II in Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - IT Specialist II in Wheeling, WV

    I worked at Orrick full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty competitive salary, great benefits, friendly environment, you learn everything because you get to do everything..

    Cons

    Working overnight hours, need better industry training for the responsibilities we had.

    Advice to Management

    Get your employees in IT Industry training in Cisco and Windows..

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great law firm, Great people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Doc Review Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Doc Review Attorney in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Orrick as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Although I was a contract attorney, everyone was nice to me. The attorneys I worked with were courteous and willing to offer advice on job search.

    Cons

    Too bad I was only a contract attorney. It was hard to obtain more jobs/tasks while working there, when I was willing and able.

  10. Great job out of college

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Orrick full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere. Paralegals get their own offices and sometimes even a secretary. Supportive environment

    Cons

    Long hours but expected at a large firm

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

  11. Home away from home

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Orrick

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in the bay area

    Cons

    Commute is very very long

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

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