Orrick Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Great people, good opportunities to connect with fellow team members located in offices across the country (in 4 reviews)

  • Possibly the healthiest culture of all the unhealthy top law firms (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The pressure to work long hours is evident (in 4 reviews)

  • Your mileage may vary when it comes to the culture of a particular practice group or the personality of the partner(s) you work most closely with (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    great firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick

    Pros

    The firm offers challenging work and a collegial environment. Innovative leadership and relatively entrepreneurial for a law firm. Has grown carefully and strategically over the years.

    Cons

    Long hours; path to partnership is unclear. New hyper focus on social media presence and increased spend on marketing is hard to rationalize.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Paralegal

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Orrick full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours and workflow. Limited upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very easy to contact.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. I love working at Orrick's Global Operations Center

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good people
    - The GOC is a back office support center for the firm and attorneys in the practice offices are appreciative of our work and generally great to work with

    Cons

    - Not a variety of lunch spots within walking distance of the GOC
    - Very low turnover so it can be hard to move upward in the organization because your boss does not leave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Fantastic platform for growth

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    Current Employee - Manager in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Manager in Wheeling, WV

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Annual reviews
    Regular opportunity for merit increase and bonus
    Office culture
    Firm culture
    Opportunities for professional growth
    Opportunities to work with colleagues around the world

    Cons

    Lack of connection between offices
    Cultural disparities between practice offices and GOC
    No organized leadership or management training for mid-level staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Orrick is an innovative firm, and the people who work there are collegial. Most are very respectful of one another. It's a friendly environment where employee opinions matter. Work/life balance. Women and LBGT Community awareness and focus. Pro Bono and Community Volunteer activities. Associate and staff salaries are competitive. Alternative Work Arrangements and flexible work schedules available for many positions. Business casual dress with jeans on Fridays, year-end and other times throughout the year. Fun activities and events. Hot breakfast once a month.

    Cons

    Culture shift from California (casual, comrade) to New York (business, bottom-line ) frame of mind. All decisions must be approved by decision-makers instead of allowing competent personnel to make daily decisions. Skewed staff compensation model in Wheeling. Some get paid very well and others get paid below market. Some positions have limited growth potential, but it is similar to other employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a happy middle ground, set goals and provide directives then allow employees to do their jobs (including making rationale decisions).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great People, Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Orrick is full of incredibly intelligent people who genuinely care about each other. The firm is focused on developing and retaining their top talent. The benefits options are extensive and the pay definitely keeps up with the marketplace. The firm is committed to giving back through pro bono work and community service activities. The Chairman has made significant strides towards transparency and shares information regularly with attorneys and staff. The firm recognizes that everyone contributes to the success of Orrick and provides a lot of opportunities to celebrate together through events, happy hours, staff appreciation week, and regular group activities outside of the workplace. A lot of jobs are flexible enough to allow for working remotely.

    Cons

    The departments work very independently of one another and will often times step on each other when pursuing an initiative. Communication is improving, but it is still a challenge. Investments are sometimes times delayed at the expense of productivity and personal development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a significant investment in our IT systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great job for someone just out of lawschool or for someone looking for a low stress job.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and great people. When I was there, it was all you could eat hours wise. This made for some decent cash.

    Cons

    The work can be a bit monotonous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if there was at least a .5 % chance at partnership.

  9. Contract Attorney

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    Former Employee - Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Orrick full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment and atmosphere. Laid back staff and colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of collaboration between different departments to fulfill large projects demands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate departments to improve communication and efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Orrick

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick

    Pros

    Great benefits and employees are treated well.

    Cons

    Depends on area working in.

  11. Excellent lawyers with respect for colleagues

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    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Orrick full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The majority of the partners are smart and personable and treat associates with respect. There is an emphasis on mentoring junior attorneys that is not uniformly applied but for those who are matched well it is an excellent program - and if you are not matched well there is an ability to discuss change. Open door policy with most attorneys and no real face time requirement.

    Cons

    The overall push for growth over the course of my 8+ years at Orrick shifted the culture from a layed-back and personable place to practice law (even with long hours and difficult demands from clients) to a greater focus on business generating and utilization rates. The difficult economy placed greater strains on partners and practice groups to perform at the top level constantly and that stress trickled down to the point that the collegial culture was strained. It was sometimes difficult to earn top market bonus even with an outstanding review because outside influences like departures from the practice group and temporary leave impacted the overall group numbers and reduced the amount the practice group leader had to reward associates which was often very frustrating.

    Recommends
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