Orrick

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Orrick Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
50 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    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.

  3.  

    Excellent lawyers with respect for colleagues

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Good lawyers, market salary, nice people

    Cons

    unpredictable hours, communication issues with staff

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good staff leadership under Director of Administration

    Cons

    No real upward mobility for staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Groom loyal staff employees for better positions when skills/character have been proven.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    IT Specialist II

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist II in Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - IT Specialist II in Wheeling, WV

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

    Pros

    Pretty competitive salary, great benefits, friendly environment, you learn everything because you get to do everything..

    Cons

    Working overnight hours, need better industry training for the responsibilities we had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your employees in IT Industry training in Cisco and Windows..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Document Review

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    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great law firm, Great people.

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    Current Employee - Doc Review Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Doc Review Attorney in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Although I was a contract attorney, everyone was nice to me. The attorneys I worked with were courteous and willing to offer advice on job search.

    Cons

    Too bad I was only a contract attorney. It was hard to obtain more jobs/tasks while working there, when I was willing and able.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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