Orrick Reviews

Updated August 18, 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)

  • Good lawyers, market salary, nice people (in 3 reviews)

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

  • Experience may vary by practice group, office and region (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    culture, values, flexibility, staff appreciation

    Cons

    lack of ability for professional staff to advance

    Advice to Management

    track advancement of professional staff


  2. Goid company to work for.

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

    Pros

    Benefits, people,location, schedule was good

    Cons

    Management at the time was poor


  3. 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

    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 Management

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


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  5. Contract Attorney

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Coordinate departments to improve communication and efficiency.


  6. Orrick

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits and employees are treated well.

    Cons

    Depends on area working in.


  7. Excellent lawyers with respect for colleagues

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. Good place to start

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

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

    Pros

    Good lawyers, market salary, nice people

    Cons

    unpredictable hours, communication issues with staff


  9. Very Good

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

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

    Pros

    Culture was definitely very good

    Cons

    Business Challenges exist after the finical crisis


  10. Exciting, challenging, rewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orrick full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great, very collegial & creative. Always a lot of growth, change, evolution which allows for much professional growth & exposure to various leaders.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting priorities/expectations, some of the people are not so great, and at times too many decision-makers which leads to frustration & inefficiency (also too many egos!).

    Advice to Management

    Clear reporting relationships, limit the "dotted lines"


  11. Work life balance fluctuates with the workload at the firm.

    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Firm is fairly prestigious, old school, very established, great pay and fairly good benefits.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Firm has associates on regular track, and alternative work arrangements, career associates, etc., which don't necessarily mean better hours, but may mean lesser pay.



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