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Get the money and get out before you're stuck in E-Data forever. But if you get assigned here, you're very lucky.

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Former Employee - Document Reviewer  in  Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Document Reviewer in Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Morgan Lewis as a contractor for less than a year

Pros

E-Data contractors have very little oversight from supervisors, which is a good thing in this instance. More relaxed atmosphere which actually led to more productivity overall. Most associates in that department are very laid back and hands-off. Nobody looks over your shoulder. Can basically set your own hours, but I wouldn't stretch the limits of that too far. Can work extra hours on the weekend, because the firm is open 24/7. Dress code is a very relaxed business casual, though most coders probably dress more formal than the actual associates for whatever reason. Associates will answer your tech questions pretty quickly despite being overworked themselves. Never felt like I was treated unprofessionally. The associates I worked with were excellent and treated you as an equal. You may have a very slim chance of a full-time position if you are good and are there long enough.

Working conditions are dependent on where you're stationed. If you're in 1801, you're fine. The Deuce is another story. 3 levels down and basically in the subway. Air quality is crummy. But you get snacks every day and sometimes the associates will buy everyone pizza on a long project day. Software platform is a tad outdated.(But easy to master)

Cons

Some associates/team managers are not clear in their instructions (not their fault usually, as they get screwy instructions from litigation departments that don't understand what they need)

Your team manager can be super laid back or not. Luck of the draw. But everyone I worked with was extremely professional and courteous (no talking down to people; yelling etc.). Some are more proactive than others. Some are just better than others. Its like anything else in life.

The job is literally bad for your health (Not MLB's fault). But 50+ hours a week sitting in front of a computer in a windowless will take its toll on you.

MAJOR ISSUE: Down time. Every firm has it, but this is an extreme case. The Philly office does most of the doc review for the other MLB's offices in the US and they get so backed up that you're out of a job for weeks on end until they're ready to start up again. Meanwhile in some instances you have to be ready to start an emergency job at a moment's notice. The associates don't communicate what the status of the next project is or when it will start. That may be because they don't know themselves, but its not really a way to make steady money to support yourself long term.

You're easily replaceable. Not unique to Morgan Lewis, but always remember that. Your law degree is utterly useless, and it doesn't matter what school you went to or what your GPA was.

 But at least they actually pay overtime.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire more E-Data tech people and/or Associates so there's not so much lag between projects.

More feedback on what the work situation is and maybe some individual evaluations so you know if you're screwing up or not.

Update to Relativity. Much better interface for users. Also, dual screens on all the workstations would speed up production.

Find a better work area than the Deuce. Worrying about your lungs and if the ceiling tile is gonna fall on you because the Bakery above is rinsing off pans and its dripping down is not a good way to work.

Try to schedule the projects so the down time is limited. This may be difficult in some instances.

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    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Morgan Lewis full-time

    Pros

    Fun people to work with. Esposure to a lot of technology.

    Cons

    Beware of rogue managers. If you are not in their "click" watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to revisit certain departments and look into how they operate. Not all is peachy like you think it is.

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    I love it here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morgan Lewis full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy working with friendly people

    Cons

    My commute from home can be a drag.

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