Mayer Brown Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2020

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3.7
89%
Recommend to a Friend
99%
Approve of CEO
Mayer Brown Chairman Paul Theiss
Paul Theiss
54 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work-Life Balance starting to be better(in 9 reviews)

  • "Law firm at the forefront of the industry with excellent lawyers, first-line infrastructure and excellent client portfolio(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Really were no cons, great law firm(in 14 reviews)

  • "Long hours and no cafeteria in New York(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time

    Pros

    Sophisticated work - flexible work situation

    Cons

    Long hours and unpredictable schedule

  2. "Varies by Practice Group"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Collegial feel -Very few jerks -Emphasis on training associates

    Cons

    -Fractured management, as with any law firm -Work/life balance varies based on practice group, as with any law firm -Sometimes communication was unclear

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  3. "One of the Best White Shoe Law Firms"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very experienced partners who are client focused. Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Health insurance below market standard in terms of deductibles

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  4. "high hours req for bonus;"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    fair amount of independence and responsibilities

    Cons

    high billable hours requirement for bonus

  5. "Good job"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great pay, interesting work, excellent people

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of stress

  6. Helpful (1)

    "OK place to work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big law training and Cravath payscale.

    Cons

    If you are not in Chicago, your experience will be substantially different.

  7. "Great culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are great to work with and the work is interesting and complex.

    Cons

    Transparency can be improved and the hours are long.

  8. "Mayer Brown"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many talented colleagues across practice areas

    Cons

    High hours threshold in Chicago for bonus; typical big law cons

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Paternalistic and unimaginative, but salary is OK"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Process Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mayer Brown full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is apparently the main draw among colleagues who joined laterally. Some of the work is pushing in the right directions, which is notable since so many of the firm's solutions are built in-house. There generally seems to be solidarity among colleagues within each area, although it's at least partly driven by siloed mindsets and disenchantment with firm culture and management. The focus on face time and hours means it's fairly common for employees to arrive ~8:30 and leave ~5:00.

    Cons

    Professionals are hired but then treated like children (e.g. strict policies on working hours, agile arrangements, timed breaks, and even the use of attendance sheets). Benefits are absurdly expensive, and 401k contributions are discretionary and only paid once a year. Pro-rating is considered an exception, meaning that depending on your hire date, you could potentially work 23 months before seeing a bonus, 401k contribution, or "merit" increase (really just a cost-of-living adjustment). Firm leadership lacks vision and charisma and is overly obsessed with revenue, to the detriment of health and the firm's culture. Teams generally seem tribalistic. Gossip is a key feature of the culture, and willingness to collaborate often seems driven by judgments of others' personalities. It's widely acknowledged that the firm is not a leader or innovator but rather aims for the middle ground. Benefits are paid periodically (e.g. PTO, 401k), rather than accruing with each pay period.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work will keep you busy but management lacks professionalism."

    3.0
    Former Employee - Paralegal 

    I worked at Mayer Brown full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of work to go around.

    Cons

    Poor management in paralegal department and HR.

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