Morgan Lewis

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Do golden handcuffs make long hours/career stagnation any less painful?

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Current Employee - Information Technology  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA

Pros

Morgan Lewis pays very close to market rates for IT professionals, especially in a vibrant economy. The health benefits/vacation packages are also very competitive.

Cons

Career-wise, there is very little incentive to improve in order to move up in the company. Promotions are granted largely based on pending vacancies, though they rarely create new positions to fill a business need. And they only really promote people with a lot of years under their belt. So, a new person with more skills than an incumbent will have to pay their dues by respectfully waiting. This is not a good company for the ambitious.

Having said that, middle and upper management is not very receptive to new ideas that have not formally gone up the chain of command. This is slowly changing -- we've started forming subcommittees on various issues -- but it's often taken a crisis (the SAN going down; data loss; corrupt databases) to get management to pay attention.

The focus of the IT group seems to be efficiency first -- so the less new software or hardware they have to support, the better control they have, thereby maximizing efficiency. Ultimately, the IT needs of the firm take a backstep to the business of law (Morgan Lewis is a national lawfirm). So, if the attorneys don't see a technology need/upgrade (and they often cannot), then IT will continue to support software/hardware that is often several versions old or no longer supported by the manufacturer.

Lastly, the firm does not support continued education in your field. If you want advanced training, you have to pay for it yourself.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You pay Information Technology to help manage your data, so give us the tools and career incentives to do so.

Doesn't Recommend
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Other reviews for Morgan Lewis

  1.  

    Wondeful company that treat employee nice with all great benefit.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    generous benefit (from insurance/vacation to free food)
    balance work/life
    supportive supervisors
    frequent communication between upper management and employee
    great environment, most of the employee have their own room

    Cons

    This is a wonderful company. It is really hard to think of the cons for working here. The only thing is I can see the budget cut deal to the economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope they can continue to do the best in order to avoid lay off of the employee. That's all.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Morgan Lewis Rocks!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Working with smart people who respect one another's ideas, regardless of what level you are within the firm.

    Cons

    It's a demanding industry, you're expected to be available all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open - not necessarily with firm information (i.e. financials, firm performance, etc.) but with communication among members of the firm. When someone leave the firm/joins/changes positions, let people know.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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