Morrison & Foerster

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Fine, as big firms go.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

Pros

Lots of resources, plenty of high profile work, interesting clients, opportunities to do pro bono work, a commitment to some level of pro bono for each lawyer.

Cons

Career path can be unpredictable and sometimes out of the hands of the associate for the most part. MoFo will put associates where they are needed, often with little regard for associates' preferences.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Push down more responsibility to lower level associates.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Morrison & Foerster

  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Palo Alto office is struggling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    MoFo 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).

    Cons

    MoFo 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 ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the up or out policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, learned a lot as an intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Very nurturing and friendly, hip environment.

    Cons

    People are very busy and are supportive, so sometimes you need to be quite independent (which can be a very good thing)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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