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Great culture, but still BigLaw

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Former Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

I worked at Orrick full-time for more than a year

Pros

Possibly the healthiest culture of all the unhealthy top law firms. Friendly, down-to-earth people. This is not a work-hard, play-hard environment - it's a work-hard-so-you-can-go-home-and-have-a-life environment. There's no pressure to stay late, just to get your work done on time. (If you're working past 8:00, you risk being seen as inefficient.) Management makes an effort to be transparent.

Cons

The culture is so "nice" that you might get nothing but good feedback and you might not find out about a problem until performance review or bonus time comes around. Your mileage may vary when it comes to the culture of a particular practice group or the personality of the partner(s) you work most closely with. Some are great managers and communicators; others are cold and difficult to please. The move to the new offices was supposed to be an upgrade, but now it means tiny shared offices for some junior associates, sad windowless rooms for others, and unforgiving glass walls for all. No matter how "healthy" the culture is comparatively, it's still BigLaw: associates are given more work than they have time to complete well, and everyone is terrified of screwing up because they feel like they have no idea what they're doing and have to finish everything in a frantic rush.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't withhold constructive feedback in an effort to be kind to your associates.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    Document Reviewer

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    Former Employee - Document Reviewer  in  Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in Wheeling, WV

    I worked at Orrick as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, lenient work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Can be let go at an moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat people like cattle.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Used

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    Former Employee - Doc Review Attorney  in  Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Doc Review Attorney in Wheeling, WV

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Nice people. Good surroundings. Good coffee. Free parking. Interesting cases. Good dress code. Free CLE. Great IT department. Update computers with large screens

    Cons

    Too much in-breeding in direct supervisors. They choose favorites. They play power games and become intimidated if a doc review attorney out performs them, even if their perception is wrong. Management stunts grow of program and makes sure the reviewers with talent beyond the computer don't get asked back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the staff that is running doc review. They have been there way too long and are entrenched. They decide if they like you and will allow you to stay. So you have to kiss up to the non attorney managers and the staff attorney leads. This does not promote based on merit but rather favoritism. Program has great potential. Just inept management.

    No opinion of CEO
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