McDermott Will & Emery

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

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Former Employee - Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at McDermott Will & Emery

Pros

There'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.

Cons

For 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 ManagementAdvice

Quit being such cheapskates, appreciate and recognize your paralegals, case assistants, and legal secretaries.

Doesn't Recommend
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    McDermott Will & Emery, arbitrary at best.

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

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery

    Pros

    Salary is at market levels and the firm offers competitve benefits.

    Cons

    Senior management is scattered around the U.S. officies (none in New York). Bonus structure is performance based in certain circumstance and hours based in other circumstances. Promotions are VERY arbitrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget expansion and fix the problems in the current offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery

    Pros

    This law firm rewards its staff and paraprofessionals fairly well and tries to convey the impression that it values people sacrifices and work.

    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, given the fact that they help manage partners' books of business, more respect is needed. When several people jump ship at a time, institutional knowledge is lost and not easily recovered. That makes it immensely harder for the remaining employees to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think senior management needs to listen to the concerns and respond to the concerns of its staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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