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Probably as good as it gets for biglaw, but that's not saying much

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Managing Associate in New York, NY
Current Employee - Managing Associate in New York, NY

I have been working at Orrick full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Alternative Work Arrangements available, including Custom Track positions (80% schedule, 90% schedule, etc.) and flex time (working from home some days); many understanding partners; above-market compensation

Cons

Some awful partners; long hours (as with any large New York law firm); insufficient advancement of women; some practice groups do not have sufficient work to go around; some truly abysmal support staff and services

Advice to Management

Streamline the support staff and services

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  1. Great job out of college

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Orrick full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere. Paralegals get their own offices and sometimes even a secretary. Supportive environment

    Cons

    Long hours but expected at a large firm

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Great culture, but still BigLaw

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Orrick full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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


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