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Palo Alto office is struggling

Senior Associate (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

ProsMoFo Palo Alto has (mostly) really nice people who are smart lawyers. Most lawyers in the office have families, so there is some flexibility re face time, especially if you have family matters to tend to (e.g. picking up child after day care).

ConsMoFo Palo Alto does not stand on its own two feet. If you go there as an associate, you will only survive long-term by getting to know and work with partners in SF and NY. The partners in Palo Alto do not generally bring in their own matters. As a result, as a senior associate, you will be competing with the office's junior partners for work on rain maker cases out of the big offices. And guess who will be at a disadvantage there? So if you go there - make it a point from day one to work extensively with SF/NY partners. And beware the up or out policy. If you do not work with big-office partners, your reviews after you become a seventh year will sudden;y turn from glowing to problematic. Then you will be asked to leave. To be fair, they give the softest soft landing you can imagine (six months with full pay but no duties). But I'd say the better course of action is to go to this offer for your first few years, then lateral.

Advice to Senior ManagementDitch the up or out policy.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience, learned a lot as an intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster as an intern for less than a year

    Pros: Very nurturing and friendly, hip environment. Cons: People are very busy and are supportive, so sometimes you need… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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    poor management and lack of incentive to do better

    Litigation Paralegal (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros: good benefits casual/laid back work environment interesting work focus on pro bono Cons: no training programs for employees staff is not appreciated over working staff manager does not set a good example for staff lack of accountability no standards for… Advice to Senior Management: Give your employees a reason to want to do better. That evaluation system is a joke. Why do you have to have x-number of people… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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