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"Palo Alto office is struggling"

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Current Employee - Senior Associate in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Senior Associate in Palo Alto, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

MoFo Palo Alto has (mostly) really nice people who are smart lawyers. Most lawyers in the office have families, so there is some flexibility re face time, especially if you have family matters to tend to (e.g. picking up child after day care).

Cons

MoFo Palo Alto does not stand on its own two feet. If you go there as an associate, you will only survive long-term by getting to know and work with partners in SF and NY. The partners in Palo Alto do not generally bring in their own matters. As a result, as a senior associate, you will be competing with the office's junior partners for work on rain maker cases out of the big offices. And guess who will be at a disadvantage there? So if you go there - make it a point from day one to work extensively with SF/NY partners. And beware the up or out policy. If you do not work with big-office partners, your reviews after you become a seventh year will sudden;y turn from glowing to problematic. Then you will be asked to leave. To be fair, they give the softest soft landing you can imagine (six months with full pay but no duties). But I'd say the better course of action is to go to this offer for your first few years, then lateral.

Advice to Management

Ditch the up or out policy.

Other Employee Reviews for Morrison & Foerster

  1. "Great experience, learned a lot as an intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nurturing and friendly, hip environment.

    Cons

    People are very busy and are supportive, so sometimes you need to be quite independent (which can be a very good thing)


  2. Helpful (2)

    "poor management and lack of incentive to do better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits
    casual/laid back work environment
    interesting work
    focus on pro bono

    Cons

    no training programs for employees
    staff is not appreciated
    over working staff
    manager does not set a good example for staff
    lack of accountability
    no standards for what attorneys and staff should know (you have people who don't even know how to use basic office software)
    favoritism
    too much office politics

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees a reason to want to do better. That evaluation system is a joke. Why do you have to have x-number of people fit in the "satisfactory," "good," and "excellent" group? That system makes the staff feel like their work is not appreciated, and that you have to work round the clock just to get a "good" review. And even then, it's not guaranteed because only a certain number of people can be in that group.

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