Morrison & Foerster

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Morrison & Foerster Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
97 Reviews
3.2
97 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefits including health (you'll need it) and retirement contributions (in 9 reviews)

  • Dedication to GLBT community, with extensive history of pro bono work for GLBT and AIDS organizations (in 9 reviews)


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

  • Long Hours, Unpredictable Hours, No Life (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Morrison & Foester is an extraordinary, diverse law firm.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The firm prides itself in quality legal work and strong support for diversity in its workforce. It has one of the highest percentage of women lawyers among major international law firms.

    Cons

    The workload can be onerous at times, but that is true of every one of its major competitiors. Most partners are supportive, but some can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the excellent support of your younger lawyers and staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fine, as big firms go.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources, plenty of high profile work, interesting clients, opportunities to do pro bono work, a commitment to some level of pro bono for each lawyer.

    Cons

    Career path can be unpredictable and sometimes out of the hands of the associate for the most part. MoFo will put associates where they are needed, often with little regard for associates' preferences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push down more responsibility to lower level associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Palo Alto office is struggling

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    MoFo Palo Alto has (mostly) really nice people who are smart lawyers. Most lawyers in the office have families, so there is some flexibility re face time, especially if you have family matters to tend to (e.g. picking up child after day care).

    Cons

    MoFo Palo Alto does not stand on its own two feet. If you go there as an associate, you will only survive long-term by getting to know and work with partners in SF and NY. The partners in Palo Alto do not generally bring in their own matters. As a result, as a senior associate, you will be competing with the office's junior partners for work on rain maker cases out of the big offices. And guess who will be at a disadvantage there? So if you go there - make it a point from day one to work extensively with SF/NY partners. And beware the up or out policy. If you do not work with big-office partners, your reviews after you become a seventh year will sudden;y turn from glowing to problematic. Then you will be asked to leave. To be fair, they give the softest soft landing you can imagine (six months with full pay but no duties). But I'd say the better course of action is to go to this offer for your first few years, then lateral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the up or out policy.

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

    Great experience, learned a lot as an intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very nurturing and friendly, hip environment.

    Cons

    People are very busy and are supportive, so sometimes you need to be quite independent (which can be a very good thing)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    poor management and lack of incentive to do better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    good benefits
    casual/laid back work environment
    interesting work
    focus on pro bono

    Cons

    no training programs for employees
    staff is not appreciated
    over working staff
    manager does not set a good example for staff
    lack of accountability
    no standards for what attorneys and staff should know (you have people who don't even know how to use basic office software)
    favoritism
    too much office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees a reason to want to do better. That evaluation system is a joke. Why do you have to have x-number of people fit in the "satisfactory," "good," and "excellent" group? That system makes the staff feel like their work is not appreciated, and that you have to work round the clock just to get a "good" review. And even then, it's not guaranteed because only a certain number of people can be in that group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Terrific experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development in New York, NY

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company and great colleagues

    Cons

    Weak market keeps people on edge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A place for new attorneys to spend a couple of years and then get out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big firm, with big firm opportunities. Big cases, well-known partners.

    Cons

    Big firm, with big firm downsides. Cases are not staffed leanly, so the work is not particularly meaningful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my 3 year temporary assignment at this firm as a legal secretary. Overall good working environment and my direct supervisor was fair and honest with me. Almost all of the attorneys and non-attorney staff were easy to work with and professional. Good IT support and general support system. Nice amenities.

    Cons

    Nothing specific to this firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Associate 2012

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Casual, but professional. Surprisingly nice and friendly partners.

    Cons

    Complicated, technical work with short deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    same as all others

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    in san francisco, nice offices, business casual

    Cons

    same as all other law firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont pretend to be something youre not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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