Morgan Lewis
3.6 of 5 40 reviews
www.morganlewis.com Philadelphia, PA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Morgan Lewis Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jan 9, 2014

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Senior attorney in NorCal office

Attorney, 8th-Year (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Morgan Lewis full-time for more than 8 years

ProsInteresting work, good co-workers, friendly atmosphere

ConsVery conservative firm (a plus when economy is bad), lack of success building corporate practice in NorCal

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Wish I had left sooner

Anonymous Staff (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Morgan Lewis full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMorgan Lewis is stable and predictable. The attorneys, in general, are nice to the staff. The San Francisco office has a great location.

ConsThey were frugal before the recession, but during the recession, they took it to an extreme. No genuine generosity or loyalty towards the staff. Everything is dictated from the HQ in Philadelphia--no exceptions. But, the notable problem with the San Francisco office is the number of people who came into the company via Morgan's merger with the collapsed law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in 2003. Many of them have only worked for two firms--Brobeck and Morgan. So, they are always comparing one to the other. Over and over and over again. If you are going to work in the S.F. office, you have to be prepared to deal with that ping pong mind-set.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet real with yourselves.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Do golden handcuffs make long hours/career stagnation any less painful?

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San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Morgan Lewis

ProsMorgan Lewis pays very close to market rates for IT professionals, especially in a vibrant economy. The health benefits/vacation packages are also very competitive.

ConsCareer-wise, there is very little incentive to improve in order to move up in the company. Promotions are granted largely based on pending vacancies, though they rarely create new positions to fill a business need. And they only really promote people with a lot of years under their belt. So, a new person with more skills than an incumbent will have to pay their dues by respectfully waiting. This is not a good company for the ambitious.

Having said that, middle and upper management is not very receptive to new ideas that have not formally gone up the chain of command. This is slowly changing -- we've started forming subcommittees on various issues -- but it's often taken a crisis (the SAN going down; data loss; corrupt databases) to get management to pay attention.

The focus of the IT group seems to be efficiency first -- so the less new software or hardware they have to support, the better control they have, thereby maximizing efficiency. Ultimately, the IT needs of the firm take a backstep to the business of law (Morgan Lewis is a national lawfirm). So, if the attorneys don't see a technology need/upgrade (and they often cannot), then IT will continue to support software/hardware that is often several versions old or no longer supported by the manufacturer.

Lastly, the firm does not support continued education in your field. If you want advanced training, you have to pay for it yourself.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou pay Information Technology to help manage your data, so give us the tools and career incentives to do so.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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