McDermott Will & Emery Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2020

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3.9
81%
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99%
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McDermott Will & Emery Chairman Ira Coleman
Ira Coleman
36 Ratings
Pros
  • "Days are busy, but there is a surprisingly good work-life balance on the professional staff side(in 12 reviews)

  • "Great people and the best service attitude(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "high stress environment supporting global law firm(in 13 reviews)

  • "Long hours, very unpredictable agenda(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "I like it here!"

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

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Comp is excellent, people are nice, and the Firm really tries to make all employees, lawyers and business professionals, feel welcomed and appreciated. It's a nice vibe.

    Cons

    If you aren't in the main Chicago office, it can feel isolating. I would like to see more group events with the business professional side of the Firm.

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    McDermott Will & Emery Response

    March 10, 2020Head of Employment Brand

    We are so glad to hear that you are enjoying your time at the Firm. We are always looking for ways to make our employees feel appreciated because they are our greatest asset. -Elizabeth

  2. "Great culture and work environment"

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

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The culture of the firm is very transparent and welcoming. There are a lot of fun events the Chicago office plans and I feel like the work/life balance is healthy. I also really enjoy how innovated the firm is compared to other law firms.

    Cons

    We need more work space as we continue to grow

  3. "A good place to work"

    4.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Researcher in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They offer great benefits and culture.

    Cons

    Lack of black representation in upper management.

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  4. "Always striving to be better"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Conflicts Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Considers what employees need to excel in their jobs

    Cons

    Considerations does not always trickle down.

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    McDermott Will & Emery Response

    May 7, 2020Head of Employment Brand

    Thank you for leaving a review. Your honest feedback is important to us and helps up to be #alwaysbetter. - Elizabeth

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same place..."

    3.0
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Litigation Docket in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice company, friendly people, nice enviroment

    Cons

    Practice Group Directors have no clue as to what they are doing.

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    McDermott Will & Emery Response

    May 13, 2020Head of Employment Brand

    Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback. As part of our commitment to being #AlwaysBetter, I regularly share the feedback we get with our leadership team. –Elizabeth

  6. "Overall great place to work"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Washington, DC

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of training in finance

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Ruthless"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Chicago, IL

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time

    Pros

    Pay was good until it ended.

    Cons

    I was treated like I was disposable.

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  8. "Far exceeds overall expectations"

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

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary, interesting work, friendly people (including the lawyers, which I didn't necessarily expect). Days are busy, but there is a surprisingly good work-life balance on the professional staff side. Opportunities for professional development are provided in-house (and encouraged externally). Appreciate that leadership has made commitments to pro bono, diversity/inclusion and overall happiness of employees.

    Cons

    Everyone has a lot on their plate, so making meaningful progress on big projects is slow. Communication within and between departments could be better.

  9. "Nice!"

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

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The firm places a specific emphasis on happiness in the workplace via workshops and onboarding experience.

    Cons

    It would be nice to have interdepartmental events.

  10. "Support Staff Downsizing"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging work with top notch practice

    Cons

    Cheap attention to support and regular layoffs

    McDermott Will & Emery Response

    March 10, 2020Head of Employment Brand

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. As our commitment to being #alwaysbetter, I regularly share the feedback we get with our leadership team. Thank you again for your honesty. - Elizabeth

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