O'Melveny & Myers Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
30 Reviews
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30 Reviews
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O'Melveny & Myers Chair Bradley J. Butwin
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  1.  

    One of the best office environments to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible People with Rational Mindsets. It is unlikely you will hate your boss. Partners here are humble and kind.

    Cons

    Too Hip. Be ready to hear Bon Iver playing from someone's office. Also people dress well; even the older crowd is up to date with fashion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not what it was

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Attorneys, Wonderful Staff,

    Cons

    change moves at a snails pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sit with the people that are the grunt workers and recognize them for what they contribute. Paralegals, Assistants, and support staff really are a huge part of this firms success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible time arrangement, and friendly working environment.

    Cons

    promotion is slow and too frequent working rearrangements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time

    Pros

    The firm has incredible values. They care a lot about doing pro bono work, being involved in the community, etc., and they give you "credit" for those hours. My colleagues were incredibly smart and generally down to earth.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a challenge. Generally it was 9-7pm, but there were all too many days when it was longer than that. The type of experience you get can also be very random.

  6.  

    Loved the place.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work environment - and we were even crammed into carrels on a floor nobody really visited. Generally, I felt respected as part of a team. The associates were always respectful and truly interested in getting to know the technology. Despite being "mere" staff attorneys, we were treated well and included as attorneys. There was no sense of being treated poorly - we were treated as valuable professionals with something to offer.

    Cons

    Obviously, our department was the first to be let go when economic times got tough. It was unfortunate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff attorneys have a lot to offer - they can make or break a case with privilege calls. Often they know more than anyone else about the facts, so it's worth including them as much as possible in meetings. That said, OMM does a better job than most of "getting" the value of in-house staff attorneys. I still feel a lot of loyalty to the firm. It's worth investing in these professionals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awful place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None, it was a huge mistake for me to go here. It has ruined my career. If I am trying to find a positive, I guess the compensation was alright, but the bonuses were just at or below market.

    Cons

    No life or work life balance, but I would have been ok with that if there was a real opportunity for advancement. The partnership is dysfunctional and will hang you out to dry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your associates, give them a real, fair shot at partnership. If it is not going to work out, help them to move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Typical Law Firm setting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, good culture, Work/Life balance exists, solid people

    Cons

    Lack of regard for staff. The trend continues in the legal vertical to continue to cut operational costs. As such staff roles are where the brunt of the cuts are. People are doing much more with much less. Bonus pools continue to dwindle, yet partner profit continues to rise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of misrepresenting the facts around why the operational cuts are necessary give people/ the benefit of the doubt and give them the straight scoop

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A mix of good and bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers

    Pros

    Generally focused on teamwork with pretty good mentorship

    Cons

    Corporate work can be slow

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging place to work; not for the weak or mild.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HR Manager  in  San Fernando, CA
    Former Employee - HR Manager in San Fernando, CA

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Getting to work with intelligent folks; some great staff members who continuously go the extra mile for attorneys and staff members alike.

    Cons

    Staff under appreciated; HR leadership lacking; lack of communication; some who hold leadership positions are not very good at leading-many acknowledge deficits but nothing changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust that staff members are intelligent and make appropriate decisions. Take exit feedback seriously. Trust your gut and fully investigate and respond to employee issues. Place experienced HR professionals in key roles; encourage open, interactive communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Large firm lots of resources, but management is to political.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The support you receive from fellow staff is perfect and the ability to is there where it might not be at other firms,

    Cons

    The politics with management was terrible, few opportunities for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an impartial group to deal with problems, give roadmaps for promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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