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Mayer Brown Reviews

Updated September 30, 2018
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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)

  • "Long hours (that's why the pay is so high); like all law firms, there are some partners who are jerks" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great Partners & Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    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 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

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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

    11111


  6. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "👎👎👎thumbs down"

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    Current Employee - Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Secretary in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    You can really tell that they care about their employees. When a huge snow storm comes in with over a foot of snow, all management and attorneys have the option to work from home BUT THEY STILL MAKE YOU COME IN. There wont be anything to do during the day since everyone is out of the office and the person who makes the decision to close the office works from home too so clearly its difficult for them to come in but if youre low enough on the pole they dont care about you. They really would rather risk travelling in this weather to sit at your desk with no one to support . They really really care

    Cons

    Usually i understand when the office stays open on incelement weather but when its obviously dangerous and getting worse they dont care about the lower staff.

  8. "Great Law Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    Great Coworkers, Benefits and Compensation

    Cons

    Really were no cons, great law firm.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Glad to be here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training, working conditions, hours, camaderie, perks

    Cons

    working conditions, shifts, micromanagement, nosy coworkers

    Advice to Management

    Get input from those who are affected by decisions before implementing.
    Survey the talent you have in the organization before hiring from outside.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Billing Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    I like my backup team.

    Cons

    No support from management staff.


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