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Mayer Brown Reviews

Updated January 25, 2019
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  • "Long road to advancement that can't necessarily be shortened by over-performance, which is common among law firms" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Politics, lack of work/life balance, lack of decision making" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Partners & Staff"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very smart lawyers and receptive partnership. There's a "no-jerk" rule that's heavily enforced. Fair comp. and lots of opportunities for professional growth. The firm is fiscally conservative (spending on risky laterals is rare, which is very good). Great place to work.

    Cons

    Long hours and no cafeteria in New York.


  2. "Great for Leadership Roles Not for Entry to Mid Senior Roles"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mayer Brown (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits, generous bonus and paid time off

    Cons

    Extreme micromanagement, dirty office environment, poor work life balance

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Ebillling Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Ebillling Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    Ok pay. Nice atmosphere. Clean environment. Nice sized workspaces.

    Cons

    Too many catty women who intentionally do not train new employees properly IF they cannot get in your personal businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Investigate the treatment of your new employees by the old employees. Monitor the training of your old employees instead of relaxing in your office believing the lies they tell when some of them are horrible trainers. It’s terrible you have to be in the click here to work here. An employees production should be the only focus & not who they know OR how well they personally fit with their employees. If management put an end to the pettiness & cattiness in the billing department this workplace would probably be a great place to work.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and professional. Great working environment.

    Cons

    Had to swipe in and out.


  5. "Records Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice friendly environment... not uptight

    Cons

    A little clickish college feel at times.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    Great space for foundational knowledge in a firm.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth as professional staff


  7. "Overall a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    You'll be working with the most sophisticated clients in the industry.

    Cons

    Can be tough for laterals to get work.

  8. "Legal Secretary"

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

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues; when I worked there it was a team environment

    Cons

    many things changed after the financial crisis


  9. "Part Time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Mayer Brown part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The job is very Good

    Cons

    There are no cons for the job

    Advice to Management

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  10. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    There are people that are not good to work with, and people that are. There are perhaps more good-to-worth-with people here than at other large firms. Salary is market although benefits tend to be lean (i.e., no 401k matching).

    Cons

    Work-life balance is the same or worse than at other large law firms. It is a service industry, even those in senior positions need to make large lifestyle sacrifices. "Free market" system is more narrative than truth.