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McDermott Will & Emery Reviews

Updated December 16, 2018
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McDermott Will & Emery Chairman Ira J. Coleman
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  • "high stress environment supporting global law firm" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Long hours sometimes, not very well organized, hierarchical" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Firm on fast growth track. Great time to be working here."

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

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is opportunity to learn and grow with the firm.

    Cross-practice collaboration is on the rise and making it easier to work with and learn from attorneys in other groups.

    Pay and benefits are solid.

    Cons

    Fast change can be hard to maintain. Having a lot of new people can be good but can complicate knowing who is responsible for what.

    Advice to Management

    The chair has made huge strides in boosting morale and motivation. Keep the positive momentum going with continued communication across the firm.

    With a lot of the changes over the past few years, it might be helpful to know more about how management thinks about firm identity (who we were, who we are, and who we want to be).


  2. "Great Place To Work"

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

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time

    Pros

    competitive compensation and benefits package, great coworkers, everyone is cordial and gets along

    Cons

    None, overall it was a pleasant work environment.

    Advice to Management

    None, I loved working here.

  3. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and open to advancement of it's employees. Great Chairman.

    Cons

    Communication among attorneys, management, professional staff and staff could use some improvement.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "lot of room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I got an hour for lunch

    Cons

    There is alot of favoritism and complaints aren't taken seriously

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the "cliqueish" atmosphere


  5. "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time

    Pros

    nice people; lots of training available

    Cons

    competitive atmosphere and disorganized in management


  6. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, great pay great pay

    Cons

    Long hours, long hours long hours


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Top tier law firm."

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    Former Employee - Partner in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Partner in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent firm, forward looking, business savvy and diverse.

    Cons

    The firm could be more collaborative.

    Advice to Management

    The firm should promote more from within.

  8. "Junior Patent Litigation Associate"

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

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time

    Pros

    Large firm benefits. Very experienced partners. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Some partner personalities. Older partners that don't retire.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stale company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Senior management is incompetent and self-serving.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying lip service. Reward people who actually do the work.


  10. "Great place to work."

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

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, diversity and coworkers

    Cons

    Really morning negative to be said.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.