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McDermott Will & Emery Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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McDermott Will & Emery Chairman Ira J. Coleman
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  • It's a big law firm environment (in 10 reviews)

  • Lack of communication from leadership (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Pretty Good"

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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

    Ability to work independently. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Not able to work from home and no flex time.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place with great people"

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    Current Employee - Discovery Counsel in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Discovery Counsel in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional attorneys and staff, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Chicago office is split into two different workspaces--not conducive to foster a "all for one, one for all" mentality.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic people, cutting-edge legal work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Attorneys here value their work-life balance and take great pride in their careers. Perfect place to work if you want to excel at your profession and in your personal life.

    Cons

    Like any big law firm, there are sometimes tight deadlines and late nights, but partners are generally good about letting you say no to projects when you're busy and control your own schedule and workflow, even for younger associates

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward and cultivate well-rounded, intelligent associates. We like the firm and will happily stay as long as our efforts are recognized and there are opportunities for growth


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fine for a Start, Lacking Upward Mobility"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am fortunate enough to have a great manager who sticks up for my team and me. The benefits package is superb, and the PTO policy is generous. HR is very responsive and friendly, however it differs from office to office greatly.

    Cons

    Staff and attorneys do not mingle, which is common in the legal field but very pronounced here. The pay gap between new hire staff and staff that has been here for a while is incredibly pronounced, especially given the disparity in workload.

    Advice to Management

    Value staff a bit more. Do not play favorites and make exceptions just because people yell the loudest.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "pretty good"

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    Current Employee - IT Professional
    Current Employee - IT Professional
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation, benefits and PTO package (though bonuses have been pretty minimal the last few years). Pretty good autonomy, depending on manager.

    Cons

    Some attorneys treat staff as second class citizens (though most attorneys are amiable). Some offices closing, downsizing or consolidating causing some stress for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Recent changes in upper management caused some abrupt and unexpected changes. Better communication during the transition would have been appreciated.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Staff member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The office location is good.

    Cons

    It's a terrible place to work. Senior lawyers treat the employees with no respect.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and work on a better work/life balance.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Technology Services Specialist"

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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

    McDermott offer a challenging and collaborative IT environment. Many very hard working Team first employees throughout the Firm

    Cons

    It would be very beneficial if they would offering their employees some semblance of a definable career path

    Advice to Management

    Offer promotions from within and create a motivated workplace by marketing promotable career paths

  8. "Disappointing experience"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good but expensive medical benefits. Good PTO program for certain staff.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Struggling to be profitable.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great paid time off policy.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, low staff moral.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many nice people Some people have been here for a long time and they are really wonderful people.

    Cons

    I won't be surprised when they chain us to our desks. They do some good things here but other firms do more. Whenever they do so much as give us lunch (infrequently) they expect so much for that. Stay away. Most of "management" doesn't have a clue and doesn't care

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. Treat everyone equal


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