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Good People, Hard Work

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Orrick

Pros

Orrick culture is very friendly and informal for a law firm. Everyone tends to maintain a sense of humor even in difficult situations. The senior attorneys are approachable and take time to talk to staff. They make deliberate efforts to involve junior staff and are willing to give you opportunities you may not get at other big firms. If you are very ambitious, there is room for growth.

Cons

The pace is exacting. Expect to work your ass off. Senior employees work very hard and you will be expected to match them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More options for work/life balance. It's an all or nothing proposition.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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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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    • Senior Management
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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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