Mayer Brown Reviews

Updated June 14, 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. 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 Management

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


  2. Not a Progressive firm. Culture constraints.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. Associate review

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


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  5. Lawyer

    Former Employee - Senior Lawyer in Glendale, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Lawyer in Glendale, NY

    I worked at Mayer Brown (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  6. Paralegal

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Attorneys I work for are nice

    Cons

    Management and HR hamper work efforts

    Advice to Management

    Paralegals need the same tools as attorneys


  7. Great training

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Mayer Brown

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  8. There is no opportunity for growth or advancement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Financial officer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mayer Brown

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. Mayer Brown DC

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Mayer Brown

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Be receptive to staff needs as well as suggestions


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    Mayer Brown

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mayer Brown (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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