Morrison & Foerster Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
86 Reviews

3.6
86 Reviews
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Morrison & Foerster COO Pat Cavaney
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefits including health (you'll need it) and retirement contributions (in 8 reviews)

  • Dedication to GLBT community, with extensive history of pro bono work for GLBT and AIDS organizations (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance tips firmly toward work most of the time (in 6 reviews)

  • is a sharp guy who has no clue how to run a law firm (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I was a legal secretary and supported 4 attorneys and was a team player.

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I am a team player and always willing to learn more things.

    Cons

    Benefits and time off policies.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, it was a good experience. I enjoyed the partners I worked with. One partner was a great teacher for paralegal

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good training; interesting work; excellent facilities; fun social activities; cohesive departments; desire to keep staff involved.

    Cons

    During one point, there was a lot of attorney turnover. Because the firm is so large (over 1,000 attorneys), there can be a lack of direction and consistency between different areas of the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Brilliant Minds; Stressful Management

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    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High performance firm. You will learn a lot if your willing to go out there and earn experience. Lots of opportunities to prove yourself.

    Cons

    The management is too quick to downsize. Very little training, sort of a sink or swim environment. Also, way too strict when it comes to accounting for daily activities. A lot of wasted productive time is used justifying and writing those notes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your talent by offering flexible working schedules when business is slow. Offer bonuses at a higher frequency in order to motive talent.

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

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked as a legal secretary with a great team from 00-03. Top notch employee benefits including PTO. I enjoyed being able to learn new software. Training was always thorough. Annual bonuses were always generous. They always tried to promote from within.

    Cons

    It was difficult for me to advance up the matrix for increased wages.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding firm and amazing colleagues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The firm's leadership is progressive and visionary. The attorneys and staff our truly first rate, highly collaborative, and always push to achieve great things.

    Cons

    The work-life balance tips firmly toward work most of the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    excellent skills

    Current Employee - Executive Secretary  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Secretary in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    one accruals paid time off benefits flexability

    Cons

    Need to work overtime approximately 10 hours a day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none at this time

  8.  

    Nice people, well-treated, not much room for growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    We were treated very well, and the firm itself has the most collegial atmosphere I've heard of in a major firm.

    Cons

    Everyone is so busy that there's not much time for training/focusing on new methods. Workload was very onerous but that is to be expected at a major firm. Very little work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Working at Morrison & Foerster was a demanding firm.

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    Former Employee - COPY OPERATOR  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - COPY OPERATOR in New York, NY

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best part of working at Morrison & Foerster are getting cocktail on Friday's.

    Cons

    The challenges of working at Morrison & Foerster is dealing with clients that are rough around the edges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is to do your work the best you can and treat people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  10.  

    Great place to work and learn

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

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Training is top notch, compensation is excellent, and, as far as biglaw goes, work-life balance is pretty good. The firm is diverse, and works hard to develop and retain its associates. The quality of the work is interesting, especially as you rise in the ranks.

    Cons

    It is still biglaw, which requires certain sacrifices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Open to new ideas

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are some great people who really live the value of collegiality that the firm promotes, and I have found on the staff side that I have a lot of leeway to try out innovative approaches.

    Cons

    As is the case with many large organizations, lacks clarity of process in many situations, which can lead to confusion and inconsistent internal decisions.

    Approves of CEO

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