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Compensation and Promotion Issues

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Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Orrick

Pros

Orrick is comparable to other large law firms. If you have a busy practice you will be left alone.

Cons

The firm has had growing pains with its several acquisitions. Integration of those employees is often at the expense of the older, native employees. Orrick's new "talent model" means lower base compensation for all attorneys more senior than 6th years.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Review area office function and management.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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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
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    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
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