McDermott Will & Emery Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
28 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated people who communicate effectively

    Cons

    non-attorney advancement is difficult and standardized, with little room for nuanced opportunities for more specific expertise.

  2.  

    Exceeds expectation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time

    Pros

    The company culture is better than typical law firms. The benefits are good and there are a wide variety of options.

    Cons

    No cons to speak of at this point in my tenure. There are, of course, large personalities, but nothing that one can't handle

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    McDermott Will & Emery is a place where employees are overworked and under-appreciated.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The office is nice and the company supplies coffee, milk and oatmeal for the employees. The health, dental, vision, etc. benefits package provided is good.

    Cons

    This company discriminates against women and minorities. I would never work for them again, and I am extremely dissatisfied with how I was treated. After moving on to a company that actually cares about its employees I am even more aware of the oppressive and unhappy environment at McDermott.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    An okay place to work at

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work among the support staff was distributed somewhat fairly.

    Cons

    Administrative management is lazy and sly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp the entire team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My experience has been professional and satisfactory .

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery

    Pros

    Mcdermott Will & Emery is distinguished and refined . There are many opportunities to further one's position and healthy competition to go along with it .

    Cons

    The company does not recycle and that seems quite troubling. Other then that all is fine with the company as a whole.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery

    Pros

    life and work balance is good

    Cons

    no challenge work at the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employees

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was fair

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery

    Pros

    It has a decent benefit package

    Cons

    The salaries should be more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to show your employees respect and open opportunities up for learning other jobs so that the many talents that most people have can be exposed which is nothing more than advancement for the firm. Learn to also listen to what your employees have to say.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    MWE is like a 4 letter word. A bad memory I want to forget.

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

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery

    Pros

    There's a system set up to order dinner if you're working late, so you if you have to do so, you get a free meal.

    Cons

    For the IP litigation department, paralegals and support staff were underappreciated and worked into the ground. Too much focus on the attorneys and not enough recognition for the paralegals and case assistants who had to do the grunt work. When I was there at one point it seemed like the employee directory was changing every 2 weeks. Not a lot of people stayed here for 2+ years on the support staff side. Management adopted a cost-cutting attitude that came off as just plain stingy and cheap, and these are partners earning hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars a year.

    If you can get in on the tax side though, that is completely different and is an example of how a law firm SHOULD work. Like a family, not putting out fires all the time, much more laid back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being such cheapskates, appreciate and recognize your paralegals, case assistants, and legal secretaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    McDermott Will & Emery, arbitrary at best.

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery

    Pros

    Salary is at market levels and the firm offers competitve benefits.

    Cons

    Senior management is scattered around the U.S. officies (none in New York). Bonus structure is performance based in certain circumstance and hours based in other circumstances. Promotions are VERY arbitrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget expansion and fix the problems in the current offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    An Alternate Take

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery

    Pros

    This law firm rewards its staff and paraprofessionals fairly well and tries to convey the impression that it values people sacrifices and work.

    Cons

    There is a serious lack of communication between senior management and staff. Even if one believes that paraprofessionals and staff are completely and quickly replaceable, given the fact that they help manage partners' books of business, more respect is needed. When several people jump ship at a time, institutional knowledge is lost and not easily recovered. That makes it immensely harder for the remaining employees to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think senior management needs to listen to the concerns and respond to the concerns of its staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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