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Overexpansion rears its ugly head

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Current Employee - Associate  in  Menlo Park, CA
Current Employee - Associate in Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at Orrick

Pros

The compensation, which is about 10% below market but still a very good living. Further, Orrick's top practice areas (including IP and white collar) are well respected and ensure high quality work and good resume appeal. There is little pressure for face time.

Cons

The hours can be brutal. Teams can be haphazardly run depending on the partners on charge of a particular case. There is quite a wide variation between teams.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reign in on expansion and focus on developing talent in-house. I think that the recent economic setbacks the firm has encountered have been caused in part by the dramatic expansion over the last decade. This expansion has made it impossible to filter people effectively against Orrick's core values - a process that rightly takes years - and, I think, diminished the culture of the place. Ultimately, the firm will benefit more from investing in culture than in short term benefits to profits from lateral expansion.

Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Orrick

  1.  

    Orrick - not a bad place to work.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Wheeling, WV

    I have been working at Orrick

    Pros

    The lawyers treat staff as respected and competent partners in the business. Functions such as Marketing, Communication, Information Technology, etc. attract talented people. The firm, and firm leadership, truly does have its heart in the right place. Diversity and work/life balance are important to the firm. Until the current economic crunch hit, the firm supported professional development at a significant level - hopefully that will happen again in the future.

    Cons

    Leadership cares more about appearance then substance. Comparisons to peer firms in publications like Am Law are more important that the actual profitability of each office or practice group. The accomplishments of non-lawyers are undervalued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many chiefs, especially in marketing/communications/finance.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Has the potential to being a great establishment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I have been working at Orrick

    Pros

    The people that work there (for the most part - see below) are great.

    Cons

    Management - hard to believe that some of the people that are picked as leaders remain leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing. It is not beneficial to the company as a whole. Let those who have the knowledge in the respective area do their job. Everyone will be much happier.

    No opinion of CEO
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