McDermott Will & Emery
I worked at McDermott Will & Emery as a contractor (less than a year)Pros
I enjoyed working at McDermott very much. Attorneys and staff were extremely pleasant and hard working. The attorneys with whom I primarily worked accepted my knowledge and skills and allowed me to work independently for the most part. I would rate this firm, on a scale of 1-10 as a 9.Cons
My assignment was temporary and I hoped that the paralegal I was covering for would not return from maternity leave and I would have the opportunity to work at McDermott on a permanent basis.Advice to ManagementAdvice
I would not presume to advise Management - they were doing a great job without my input. My only issue was having to work at a counter that was set too high for me.RecommendsNeutral Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at McDermott Will & Emery.Interview Details
Everything seemed fine... until they turned into the most unprofessional firm I've ever encountered after an interview.
I received an email asking for a phone interview 2 days after I applied. When I confirmed the phone interview for the next morning by email, I then received a phone call about 1 hour later explaining that they wished to skip the phone interview and bring me in for an interview immediately. The next morning, I met with 4 people, 2 through video conference from other offices, 2 from the local office, including the HR Manager. The interview lasted almost 2.5 hours, and it seemed to have gone really well. The next morning I awoke to an email asking for my availability for a second interview. As it was a week before Christmas, I had to wait a week for an out-of-town interviewer to come to Chicago. I met with 3 people upon my second interview, including 1 HR rep from a different office. Again, it went rather well. As it was only a day or two before Christmas, I didn't expect to hear back until after the holiday, or the very the latest, after the new year. I sent thank you emails, as I had for the first interview. I never received a response, but that is usually customary. The new year came and went, nothing came - no phone call, no email. I sent an email to the Chicago HR Manager asking for an update on the status of my application, again expressing my interest in the position. No response. The following week, I sent an email to the Recruiting and Operations Manager that I had previously met with. Again, no response. I was starting to become paranoid that my emails were suddenly not going through. I decided to try once again and emailed the other HR rep I had met upon my second interview. No response. The days and weeks passed with no response from a single person I'd met, or the people I'd sent emails to asking about the status of the application/position. At that point, I realized that I obviously didn't get the position and stopped emailing and never called. There would have been no point. Obviously, MWE is not obligated to provide any candidate with a rejection email/letter, but considering I sent three emails that were so blatantly ignored and purposely left without a response, their unprofessionalism is unprecedented. Not one but TWO HR representatives decided to leave my emails without a response rather than to simply have told me that they decided to go with another candidate. And they can't use the excuse that they were still looking for candidates as, after my first interview, the position was taken down. It was reposted just a week ago, about two weeks after my last email.
When I got the first call for an interview, I was thrilled at the prospect of potentially working there. At this point, I wouldn't want to work for such a firm. Never have I encountered this amount of blatant disregard for any kind of professional courtesy from an HR department. My experience in recruiting, especially in law recruiting, has demonstrated that the area is usually known for its formality and compliance. McDermott obviously is above all of that.
UPDATE: 2 days after posting this review, I was sent a rejection email - standard/formulated and with no reference to the 3 emails I'd sent before.Interview Questions
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Where there's a Will, there's McDermott and Emery -- and about 1,000 lawyers. McDermott Will & Emery, one of the largest law firms in the US, maintains more than 15 offices in the US and in Europe. It also maintains alliances with lawyers in China in order to increase its geographic reach to Asia. Practice areas include antitrust, corporate, employee benefits, government strategies, intellectual property, international, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and trial law. E. H. McDermott founded the firm in 1934; since then it has represented clients across more than 70 countries...