Mayer Brown Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Pros
  • The law firm has a family oriented value with their employees (in 4 reviews)

  • Working in the Chicago office at Headquarters was about the best part (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The firm seemed to also have a problem with diversity among its support staff (in 4 reviews)

  • some attorneys are not pleasant to work with, but you must have thick skin working in this field (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work & Good people

    Cons

    It is difficult to make partner

    Advice to Management

    Explain promotion in different groups better to associates at an early age.


  2. Typical "Biglaw" Satellite Office

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    Certain of the practice areas are elite and very well respected.

    Cons

    Satellite office lacked cohesion and unity (attorneys from multiple practice areas that were disconnected from others in the office). Most of the non-lawyer staff lacked sophistication but we pretty secure in their employment, and it showed.


  3. Great Firm

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people; challenging legal work

    Cons

    Long hours; some lawyers were not cooperative


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  5. Attorney

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good, competent group of people. Great experience in a number of areas.

    Cons

    Long unpredictable hours, typical of large firm.


  6. Not a Progressive firm. Culture constraints.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mayer Brown (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have good group of lawyers.

    Cons

    Non-revenue side disorganized. Some admin leaders lack true expertise (or interest) with respect to some matters assigned to them; it shows. Hierarchy very prevalent; keeps many working from place of fear; this '60s/'70s mindset will continue to hold them back. Some reasons for high turnover.


  7. Associate review

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's adequate as large law firms go. The salary is good, the training is average, and the exit opportunities are highly dependent on practice group. It won't be around in 30 years.

    Cons

    The hours are no worse, but certainly no better, than peer law firms. The particular group that I was a part of did not offer great training, but did go out of their way to help me secure another position when I wanted to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt or die. Since we're looking at a twenty word minimum here, let me say it again, and with feeling: adapt or die.


  8. Lawyer

    Former Employee - Senior Lawyer in Glendale, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Lawyer in Glendale, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mayer Brown (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Making efforts to accommodate diversities, management's support for integration

    Cons

    struggled to get into Asia market, where the merger with local forms not working very well.


  9. Paralegal

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    Attorneys I work for are nice

    Cons

    Management and HR hamper work efforts

    Advice to Management

    Paralegals need the same tools as attorneys


  10. A wonderful experience working with brilliant people. Great culture.

    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Sophisticated work, brilliant people, and great working culture. Great place to learn the skills of your practice area.

    Cons

    Very demanding work, but that's part of the deal working in a very large law firm. Important to work with partners that have thriving practices and share the wealth.

    Advice to Management

    In talking to partners recently, sounds like the firm is moving in a great direction. Lots of positive trajectory. Congrats to management!


  11. Great training

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people to work for who offer great training. Manageable work-life balance, especially for a big law firm.

    Cons

    Long road to advancement that can't necessarily be shortened by over-performance, which is common among law firms. Seemed to be some sharp elbows among partners when it comes time to allocate client relationships, but lots of collegial people as well.



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