Mayer Brown Reviews

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

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

    I worked at Mayer Brown

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  2. Great training

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Mayer Brown

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. There is no opportunity for growth or advancement

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    Current Employee - Clerk in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Clerk in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    The location is great! Close to shops and restaurants.

    Cons

    The management staff is unaware of the type of work the support staff does. My supervisor doesn't know how to do my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attend training sessions prior to accepting management positions. The support staff depends on you for support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Financial officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mayer Brown

    Pros

    The team i worked with were very proffesional and efficient. A well let team in the back office in HK.

    Cons

    Worked extremely long hours for a back office as the pay did't match the time we put in. All in all though it is a great company to work for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Mayer Brown DC

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Mayer Brown

    Pros

    This organization does a lot to integrate both attorneys and staff in a cohesive manner. The DC office offers a robust wellness program. It is conveniently located downtown and they have an awesome reputation in the city

    Cons

    The firm partnership is very apathetic to new ideals or change, due to their accelerated age bracket. I think there should be greater collaboration from the DOA to get better leniency and flexibility from the firms partnership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be receptive to staff needs as well as suggestions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mayer Brown (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Use to be able to make great money and plenty of computer training

    Cons

    Outdated management. Most of the managers are without degrees and seem to be friends. The attorneys were pretty aggressive and the secretarial management always stood up for the attorneys behavior no matter how unprofessional it was. The firm seemed to also have a problem with diversity among its support staff. The minority secretaries were always being called in for something unfairly. There were too many secretarial supervisors to answer to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some professional managers who don't play favorites among the support staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Enjoyed working with legal staff.

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    Former Employee - Conference Service Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Conference Service Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Each day was a learning experience. The law firm has a family oriented value with their employees.

    Cons

    Due to the department I worked in, holidays were hard to plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management works with employees in regards to family. The perks for service are the bonuses given at the end of the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall experience has been very positive.

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    Current Employee - Service Desk Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Service Desk Technician in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and learn from. Office culture is very professional and progressive. Great work\life balance and understanding for employees that have situations come up and need personal time or to work out scheduling issues.

    Cons

    Needs to offer up options for continued learning and personal growth. Not much room for advancement.
    Raises and bonuses are minimal for non-exempt employees. Current IT situation seems to be very scattered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a little more to look forward too, such as, Jeans day on Friday's. Outings and more team lunches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great benefits, potential work/life balance issue

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (competitive salary, employer contribution to 401k, insurance, plentiful time off), high-paying jobs (even for back office staff), and management that wants to see you succeed (both in projects and on your career track generally)

    Cons

    Deadline driven to the extent that work/life balance may suffer at times, managers are always on-call via Blackberry, pressure to achieve results quickly can be high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget -- work isn't everything! Do continue to nurture employees as they develop in their roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Good job for what I did

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mayer Brown

    Pros

    The benefits were great. For the pay grade that I was at, I was really lucky for the benefits that I got. The work was really what you made it.

    Cons

    It was slow at times and no one really told me that in the interview. It gets really quiet at times so that is kind of a bummer.

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