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Incoherent strategy in Asia

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Morrison & Foerster

Pros

Good people and a commendable expatriate package that covers child eduction regardless of number of children

Cons

Unfortunately, company has not yet really defined an Asia strategy, so it is difficult to understand how one fits into the company.

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    Confused management and direction, chaotic leadership politics, brilliant attorneys but brutal workplace

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrator
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    MoFo has some of the brightest and best legal minds and the clients and work are of the highest caliber. You will always be challenged intellectually here. The firm's work across countries makes for truly international work experiences. The firm's stellar reputation opens doors and that is very helpful, particularly on a resume. The firm genuinely embraces diversity and individuality in terms of background, ethnicity/race, orientation, etc. (but not in terms of diverse ways of thinking!).

    Cons

    Don't believe everything you read about the firm's "personality". Despite all the talk about being entrepreneurial, innovative, and thinking differently, this firm is the most conservative, overly consensus driven firm in California. The most senior leaders (managing partners and practice group chairs) have woefully little understanding of how to run a business, and their approach is completely antithetical to anything innovative, creative, different or entrepreneurial. It is hard for these guys to think outside the box regarding business, marketing/bus dev, etc. The COO is a great business leader, but also suffers the same narrow-minded view of how to approach clients and the market generally. As mentioned in the headline, the politics here are brutal and practice group chairs, MPs, etc. constantly fight and compete with each other in a very destructive way. Non-partners (and even partners) often feel horribly bullied by certain senior partners and they are given no protection. The senior partners (or the ones with the highest billings) always win and their behavior is swept under the carpet. This creates a hostile, duplicitous environment where no one trusts each other. That is the opposite of teamwork, and that negatively affects (even destroys) all types of work and goals across the firm. There is zero work-live balance or respect for lifestyle. If you are out one day because you are seriously ill, no one wants to hear about it and the work must still be completed as previously agreed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more authority and respect to the non-lawyer leadership that you hire to lead the firm and its departments. Be as open to intellectual and creative diversity (meaning new and different approaches to business and marketing (and legal) problems and solutions) as you are to the human side of diversity. Protect employees (non-partners) from being bullied by partners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Pretender to the throne

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    The support staff are great, and, because the firm is global, you can always get in touch with a member of the support team somewhere. There are some cool lawyers. Great IP practice.

    Cons

    Lots of stealth layoffs, including those not covered by ATL, and I've even heard of first years getting fired for failing the bar, which is against the firm's policy. In general, the firm just cooks up bogus reviews once it's decided it can't afford to keep you on any longer for reasons beyond your control (partners not bringing in enough business). If you don't hit your hours (again, because the partners aren't bringing in enough work), they may keep you but lower your pay and/or not give you a bonus. Two pretty awesome outcomes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending to be something you're not. You're not a cool lifestyle firm anymore, so just be honest about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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