Orrick Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
46 Reviews
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46 Reviews
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Orrick Chairman and CEO Ralph H. Baxter Jr.
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  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Managing Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Orrick full-time for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Great culture, but still BigLaw

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

    I worked at Orrick full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Possibly the healthiest culture of all the unhealthy top law firms. Friendly, down-to-earth people. This is not a work-hard, play-hard environment - it's a work-hard-so-you-can-go-home-and-have-a-life environment. There's no pressure to stay late, just to get your work done on time. (If you're working past 8:00, you risk being seen as inefficient.) Management makes an effort to be transparent.

    Cons

    The culture is so "nice" that you might get nothing but good feedback and you might not find out about a problem until performance review or bonus time comes around. 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. Some are great managers and communicators; others are cold and difficult to please. The move to the new offices was supposed to be an upgrade, but now it means tiny shared offices for some junior associates, sad windowless rooms for others, and unforgiving glass walls for all. No matter how "healthy" the culture is comparatively, it's still BigLaw: associates are given more work than they have time to complete well, and everyone is terrified of screwing up because they feel like they have no idea what they're doing and have to finish everything in a frantic rush.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't withhold constructive feedback in an effort to be kind to your associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Document Reviewer

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    Former Employee - Document Reviewer  in  Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in Wheeling, WV

    I worked at Orrick as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, lenient work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Can be let go at an moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat people like cattle.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Used

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    Former Employee - Doc Review Attorney  in  Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Doc Review Attorney in Wheeling, WV

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Nice people. Good surroundings. Good coffee. Free parking. Interesting cases. Good dress code. Free CLE. Great IT department. Update computers with large screens

    Cons

    Too much in-breeding in direct supervisors. They choose favorites. They play power games and become intimidated if a doc review attorney out performs them, even if their perception is wrong. Management stunts grow of program and makes sure the reviewers with talent beyond the computer don't get asked back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the staff that is running doc review. They have been there way too long and are entrenched. They decide if they like you and will allow you to stay. So you have to kiss up to the non attorney managers and the staff attorney leads. This does not promote based on merit but rather favoritism. Program has great potential. Just inept management.

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  7.  

    Great place, great people, growing too fast

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    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Great place, great people, great reputation

    Cons

    Growing too fast, not sustainable

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Orrick

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    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    it paid well, it had decent benefits, it had many nice and decent people to work with, and there was almost always a way to make extra money working over time.

    Cons

    it did not have up to date hardware or software, it was hard to get equipment or other items when required, there was a lack of appreciation of the paralegal support staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more merit based award system, treat the staff with more respect, balance work loads better, stop micromanagement and improve technology tools.

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

    Good People, Hard Work

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

    I worked at Orrick

    Pros

    Orrick culture is very friendly and informal for a law firm. Everyone tends to maintain a sense of humor even in difficult situations. The senior attorneys are approachable and take time to talk to staff. They make deliberate efforts to involve junior staff and are willing to give you opportunities you may not get at other big firms. If you are very ambitious, there is room for growth.

    Cons

    The pace is exacting. Expect to work your ass off. Senior employees work very hard and you will be expected to match them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More options for work/life balance. It's an all or nothing proposition.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Overexpansion rears its ugly head

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Orrick

    Pros

    The compensation, which is about 10% below market but still a very good living. Further, Orrick's top practice areas (including IP and white collar) are well respected and ensure high quality work and good resume appeal. There is little pressure for face time.

    Cons

    The hours can be brutal. Teams can be haphazardly run depending on the partners on charge of a particular case. There is quite a wide variation between teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reign in on expansion and focus on developing talent in-house. I think that the recent economic setbacks the firm has encountered have been caused in part by the dramatic expansion over the last decade. This expansion has made it impossible to filter people effectively against Orrick's core values - a process that rightly takes years - and, I think, diminished the culture of the place. Ultimately, the firm will benefit more from investing in culture than in short term benefits to profits from lateral expansion.

    Approves of CEO

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