Orrick

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    Entrepreneurial Spirit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The firm, unlike most law firms, has an entrepreneurial spirt that drives innovation. The firm is in constant motion, finding new ways to provide more creative ways to assist clients.

    Cons

    The cons are the constant motion doesn't allow for any processes. People tend to miscommunicate and step on one another's toes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink formal processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    High quality work, clients, and colleagues. People are respectful of one another and work well together.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Associate
    Current Employee - Managing Associate

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

    Pros

    The people. The attorneys and staff at Orrick are very smart, dedicated, care about their work, and care about one another. There are no "yellers" here. Everyone works well together. You feel like you are a well respected and needed part of a team.

    Cons

    The bonus structure leaves too much discretion in the hands of partners who have no time to adequately evaluate your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the bonus structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Managing Associate
    Current Employee - Managing Associate

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    I worked for Orrick for several years as an attorney. The staff and other attorneys are generally good to work with and friendly. Great people, supportive environment.

    Cons

    The work flow can be sporadic. Some of the partners are stand offish. Managment is not always as transparent as it appears.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Former Associate

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Market matching pay; high quality work; early responsibility; generally flexible hours (so long as the work gets done). They offer a non-partner track for associates who do not aspire to (or have the endurance to reach) partner -- its still unclear how long a career one could expect on that path.

    Cons

    Though flexible, the hours are many. Not specific to Orrick, but law firm culture/environment is a tough fit for most folks. Partner track is ~10 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Could Be Much More Effective with Better Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wheeling, WV
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wheeling, WV

    I worked at Orrick as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging cases to work on, decent amount of support from team leads,exposure to various platforms, beautiful office

    Cons

    Blatant favoritism that lowers overall morale, low salary given the work being done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since this is a primarily contract worker office (which while I understand is cost effective, it makes me scratch my head when it comes to a company like Orrick), hiring should be based on merit and not favorites of team leads or otherwise. I know many people have been working there for years in hopes of one day getting hired, but the jury's still out...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A very nice experience with great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff
    Current Employee - Staff

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

    Pros

    Overall a good atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    Implementation of change when not fully ready

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

    Not bad, not good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IP Litigation Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - IP Litigation Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Very involved, dedicated, appreciative teams; casual dress code (not even business casual, jeans are allowed every day).

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive as they claim; excessive hours; management is awful, most non-billable staff is not very responsive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Probably as good as it gets for biglaw, but that's not saying much

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Alternative Work Arrangements available, including Custom Track positions (80% schedule, 90% schedule, etc.) and flex time (working from home some days); many understanding partners; above-market compensation

    Cons

    Some awful partners; long hours (as with any large New York law firm); insufficient advancement of women; some practice groups do not have sufficient work to go around; some truly abysmal support staff and services

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the support staff and services

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great job out of college

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere. Paralegals get their own offices and sometimes even a secretary. Supportive environment

    Cons

    Long hours but expected at a large firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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