Mayer Brown
3.4 of 5 30 reviews
www.mayerbrown.com Chicago, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 7, 2014

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86% Approve of the CEO

Mayer Brown CEO Paul Theiss

Paul Theiss

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Made it through 4 years as an associate

Associate (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood, if nerdy, people. Treated you as fairly as possible for big law. Great experience and opened doors for subsequent opportunities. Also, taught me to be a lawyer.

ConsIt is big law. The business structure makes it hard for management to do anything outside of the box or to limit the burden on young associates.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind creative ways to provide interesting experience to younger associates.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A Little Bit of Madness

Non-Attorney Staff (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Mayer Brown full-time for more than a year

ProsWorking in the Chicago office at Headquarters was about the best part. For all the faults, at least Chicago "got its way" and had most of the management structure there. As with many other global/large national companies/firms, it seemed like the remote offices (anything outside of Chicago) suffered from a little bit of Red Headed Stepchild-ness.

ConsMedical insurance was outrageously expensive, which makes sense since it's a partnership and every partner was in reality footing part of the coverage.

HR was pretty rough. Had a very negative, borderline abusive conversation with a very senior staff member. Made me all the happier to leave.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Exciting work and outstanding people

Partner (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 10 years

ProsExcellent pay and peer relationships

ConsLimited emphasis on work-life balance

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep abreast of current employment practices

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Law Firm

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time for more than a year

ProsGroup of highly trained individuals
Abounding with seasoned veterans in practically all departments

ConsAlmost non-existent vertical growth that can cause much stagnation among the ranks

Advice to Senior ManagementTraining programs should be implemented to teach people more skills

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Things could be a lot better

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNew CIO is cleaning up mess from his predecessor, however teams are hesitant to trust anyone. He has some good ideas, but may be a bit of a dreamer. He is not from the US and does not always understand the culture here.

ConsToo many managers and directors that should have been gone. Too much dead weight, not enough opportunity for growth.

Advice to Senior ManagementManage your teams, create opportunities, promote some growth, and be open to change.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Corporate, heartless, ax wielding, poor morale and mistrust exists

Paralegal (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 8 years

Prosemployment is employment, benefits are average

ConsPersonnel is distant, secretive, robot-like. Attorneys are generally great to work with. Personell forces evaluating attorneys to downgrade yearly evaluations, undercutting fairness to employees, thus impacting employee morale. I've seen and experienced this time and time again.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair, be honest. You are not.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Paralegal (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 8 years

ProsNot a sweatshop, OT compensation, great salary with satisfactory raises, nice environment to work in.

ConsCompany has been downsizing since 2002 with numerous RIFs and stealth layoffs. The staff is constantly looking over its shoulder waiting for the ax to fall. The ax has been very active since 2007. As a paralegal, there was never enough work to keep up the billables.

Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more agressive in finding new clients like your counterparts are doing. Reduce your rates and offer clients incentives. Your competitors have new clients and matters rolling in daily. It can be done.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Mayer Brown has been a great place to work for 25 years.

Litigation Project Assistant (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFriendly co-workers; Great benefits; Technical training availability is more than adequate.

ConsDownsizing support staff to ensure financial stability is always on the table.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time

ProsGood place to work and experience

ConsMore vacation time needed for this

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I thought it was a great place to work.

Paralegal (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Mayer Brown full-time for more than a year

ProsMost of the people that worked there were very nice and were a pleasure to work with. The building was gorgeous, and the cafeteria was amazing.

ConsThe people in Human Resources were not always pleasant, but that seems to be a common theme among larger law firms and companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere were some very smart support staff and paralegals at the office. When it came to administrative functions and tasks, I felt management should have cared more about their insights and opinions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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