Orrick
3.3 of 5 42 reviews
www.orrick.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 9, 2014

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Orrick Chairman and CEO Ralph H. Baxter Jr.

Ralph H. Baxter Jr.

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Horrible firm with no values. Uses associates for all they are worth and then doesn't support them.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent pay and good food in cafeteria.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Second class citizen

    Director (Former Employee)

    ProsEmerging, attempt to be innovative

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpeak with rank and file. It is a different organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not staff friendly

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThere is a big gap between attorneys and staff

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

    Paralegal (Current Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementIt 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementReview area office function and management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the place it used to be

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One disappointed employee

    Legal Secretary (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee downsides.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The real deal

    Paralegal (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsFirm name recognition for lateral moves to another firm. Benefits.

    ConsNo real leadership. Firm lacks individuals who understand a team concept. Others in management seem not as helpful when a tight deadline is looming. Employee morale always seemed low and there was too much micromanaging without a true mentoring. Mentoring and refrain from all the negative chit chat about this lawyer or the next lawyer. Hold people accountable, even upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your ears open and act when there is incompetence. Don't let people stay on at the firm who have a problem with fostering a team atmosphere. Stop being afraid to delegate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are good, and the work/life balance is excellent.

    ConsIt might be specific to my department, but there have been multiple breakdowns in communication and inability to correct workplace issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll parts of a conflict are important.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    In the beginning of my career, a wonderfully, nurturing, caring, well managed place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsNow, more of a sweatshop, ill-managed, bottom-line-only-matters place to work.

    ConsYou're a resource to achieve one strategic goal which is to make the partners rich. Once you've achieved your usefulness, you're cast aside with yesterday's garbage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring back the middle managers who cared about what they were doing and wanted to see Orrick succeed as a direct correlation with their subordinates success.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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