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MWE is like a 4 letter word. A bad memory I want to forget.

Paralegal (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

ProsThere's a system set up to order dinner if you're working late, so you if you have to do so, you get a free meal.

ConsFor the IP litigation department, paralegals and support staff were underappreciated and worked into the ground. Too much focus on the attorneys and not enough recognition for the paralegals and case assistants who had to do the grunt work. When I was there at one point it seemed like the employee directory was changing every 2 weeks. Not a lot of people stayed here for 2+ years on the support staff side. Management adopted a cost-cutting attitude that came off as just plain stingy and cheap, and these are partners earning hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars a year.

If you can get in on the tax side though, that is completely different and is an example of how a law firm SHOULD work. Like a family, not putting out fires all the time, much more laid back.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit being such cheapskates, appreciate and recognize your paralegals, case assistants, and legal secretaries.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    McDermott Will & Emery, arbitrary at best.

    Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery


    Pros: Salary is at market levels and the firm offers competitve… Cons: Senior management is scattered around the U.S. officies (none in New York). Bonus structure is… Advice to Senior Management: Forget expansion and fix the problems in the current offices. No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Litigation Paralegal (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery


    Pros: This law firm rewards its staff and paraprofessionals fairly well and… Cons: There is a serious lack of communication between senior management and staff. Even if one believes that paraprofessionals and staff are completely and quickly replaceable,… Advice to Senior Management: I think senior management needs to listen to the concerns… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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