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Updated Jan 12, 2022

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4.5
91%
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99%
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McDermott Will & Emery Chairman Ira Coleman
Ira Coleman
71 Ratings
Pros
  • "Much emphasis is placed on work life balance(in 18 reviews)

  • "Great people and culture - care about their employees(in 11 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "It's a corporate law firm, so the emphasis is on work rather than work/life balance(in 16 reviews)

  • "Long hours, very unpredictable agenda(in 15 reviews)

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    It seems partners are much more flexible with associates who have kids than with those who don’t. If it’s okay for my colleague with a kid to leave at 5 pm and log on later, why isn’t that the same for me (no kids)? My obligations might be different, but I still have a life and want to be able to do certain things, like catch that evening workout class or cook dinner for my partner. As you can probably tell, my firm is operating 100% in person. There is no point here — I’m just whining.

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years
      Featured Review

      Big McDermott fan

      Dec 18, 2021 - Paralegal 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      The firm maintains a high level of transparency and they foster a truly diverse culture. It is BIG law but they are also supportive of all of their employees. They've handled the pandemic remarkably in terms of keeping us safe.

      Cons

      ALL big firms come with big firm trade offs. There is a pretty strong distinction between the staff and the attorneys. I would have liked to have been able to play fantasy football too but...

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Jan 12, 2022 - Associate 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good work and good pay

      Cons

      Lean staffing on some cases

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Toxic

      Jan 9, 2022 - Recruiter in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      If I can think of any...

      Cons

      Too many issues and not entirely sure where to begin. I switched careers after departing from this firm during the pandemic. The Marketing and Business Development team was a total joke. You get promoted if you are the director's favorite (constantly kissing his rear). The entire department was a mess and didn't know how to retain good talent (they would pile on work to good people to see when they will break and leave). Too many scandals between the BD leaders, practice leaders, and attorneys. This was only the DC office. I can't imagine what the other offices did. They got rid of too many staff members and attorneys that were people of color, by claiming that it was due to the pandemic. However McDermott hired too many laterals during the pandemic. Please save your time and energy by working at another firm that treats their people well.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Junior Associate Experience

      Jan 3, 2022 - Attorney 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent culture -- can't get better for a large law firm. Partners are interested in seeing associates succeed and are invested in their growth as attorneys.

      Cons

      Year-end bonuses are discretionary, meaning you receive no bonus if you do not reach your billable hours requirement. If you reach your hours requirement, your reviews can still affect your bonus amount. Provides incentive to take on more work in order to get more billable hours, which can negatively impact quality of work especially for junior associates.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      +

      Jan 5, 2022 - Financial Advisor in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      salary is competitive people are helpful

      Cons

      sequestered office for staff isn't great for culture

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Firm

      Dec 30, 2021 - Legal Assistant in Century City, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Interesting cases with complex issues

      Cons

      none that i can think of

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Simply the Best

      Dec 1, 2021 - Partner 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture: None of the horrors of BigLaw.

      Cons

      The *practicing* attorneys are great. The non-practicing attorneys -- different story.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Current Employee

      Nov 23, 2021 - Procurement Coordinator in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great benefits office incentives good location to transportation flexible leaders

      Cons

      mandatory in office compensation isn't as competitive- legal industry

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      MWE

      Dec 7, 2021 - Senior Accountant 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Pro-employee firm. Great leadership. Flexible work schedule. Happiness Committee.

      Cons

      Pandemic work from home extension. Options to go to office but had to be completely isolated.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best Law Firm to work for

      Nov 2, 2021 - Senior Billing Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Family oriented, unlimited resources and training tools

      Cons

      no cons for this firm

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    McDermott Will & Emery has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5, based on over 225 reviews left anonymously by employees. 91% of employees would recommend working at McDermott Will & Emery to a friend and 86% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 13% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, McDermott Will & Emery employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.3 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at McDermott Will & Emery. This rating has improved by 7% over the last 12 months.

    91% of McDermott Will & Emery employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated McDermott Will & Emery 4.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.5 for culture and values and 4.2 for career opportunities.

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