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Fine, as big firms go.

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

Push down more responsibility to lower level associates.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Palo Alto office is struggling

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    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 Management

    Ditch the up or out policy.


  2. Great experience, learned a lot as an intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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)


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