Orrick

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Orrick Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
50 Reviews
3.3
50 Reviews
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Orrick Chairman and CEO Ralph H. Baxter Jr.
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    If I knew then what I know now..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Orrick

    Pros

    A handful of good people and the perks are better than other BigLaw firms.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from management; lack of work life balance; people who aren't qualified to be managers are...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house at the management level and just simply start over. There are too many "power trips" and "egos" because people who don't qualify to manage are in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Horrible firm with no values. Uses associates for all they are worth and then doesn't support them.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and good food in cafeteria.

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, management is now based in NY and does not support other offices. Brutal hours and unreasonable expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Second class citizen

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Emerging, attempt to be innovative

    Cons

    Cut throat environment. Non-supportive, lack of team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak with rank and file. It is a different organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Giant cliquey monkey house

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Relaxed atmoshphere is a trap. Don't get comfortable!

    Cons

    Management must be watching reality show fiction. Backstabbing gossip is encouraged

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Document Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Document Reviewer in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Document Reviewer in Wheeling, WV

    I have been working at Orrick as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of great fellow employees to be miserable with.
    Opportunity to earn extra money with overtime.
    Required 30 minute lunch break.

    Cons

    Overtime wasn't 'required' but it was sort of required to secure your place on another project.
    No incentive to work harder than the person next to you.
    Several secret "projects" and pay raises, but you weren't told how you could qualify for one yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer incentive to work harder.
    Be less obvious about who is the teacher's pet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not staff friendly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Great people, good opportunities to connect with fellow team members located in offices across the country.

    Cons

    There is a big gap between attorneys and staff

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Looks good on the outside, not so great on the inside

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Current Employee - Paralegal

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and Orrick contributes a good percentage to your 401k every year.

    Cons

    The culture is one that only caters to the partners and attorneys. The staff are on the lowest tier and do not get the best treatment. There is a clear divide amongst the different levels of partners, attorneys and staff. There is not a lot of mingling between attorneys and staff and not the most welcoming place to work. Also, Orrick promotes work/life balance but that does not apply to the staff, only attorneys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if the upper management took more interest in the staff and were more appreciative of them. Paralegals are money makers for the firm because we bill and account our hours in the same way as the attorneys, but we are not treated as nicely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Compensation and Promotion Issues

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Orrick

    Pros

    Orrick is comparable to other large law firms. If you have a busy practice you will be left alone.

    Cons

    The firm has had growing pains with its several acquisitions. Integration of those employees is often at the expense of the older, native employees. Orrick's new "talent model" means lower base compensation for all attorneys more senior than 6th years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review area office function and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not the place it used to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick

    Pros

    Pay is still high, but doesn't match market anymore (we've been told that "we don't follow market").

    Cons

    Soul crushing. Partners and management feed the associates b.s., and then seem surprised when we see through it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat associates as if they're stupid. We can do basic math, and know we're not being compensated at market levels. Stop spinning the new "talent model" as anything other than a cost-cutting measure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One disappointed employee

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Benefits are great. My assignments are great to work with. My coworkers are also great.

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen. There is too much bureacracy and management needs to listen to "staff" needs, and not just "lawyers."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See downsides.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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