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McDermott Will & Emery Washington DC Reviews

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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. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic people, cutting-edge legal work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fine for a Start, Lacking Upward Mobility"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great firm with excellent reputation and hard working attorneys.

    Cons

    Some people involved with Government Affairs consulting are in over their heads and don't understand the lobbying field. They're managing like a lawyer, not a government affairs specialist. Shows a real lack of understanding.


  4. "Network Technician"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fairfax Station, VA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fairfax Station, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits if you like that sort of thing

    Cons

    Extra shifts required on weekends

    Advice to Management

    Less TPS reports


  5. "Paralegal/Document Reviewer"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Adelphi, MD
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Adelphi, MD

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

    Pros

    one of the best companies in the legal field

    Cons

    difficulty to grow within the company


  6. "Great place to work if you know where you are headed"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    I've had some of the best professional experiences working here, mostly because management is so on top of things and works well with you if you give them your best. Like the title said, it is best if you know where you are headed and share this and try to incorporate it into your future plans with the firm.

    Cons

    I have not experienced any cons working here so far. It comes with the same territories as with any other law firm; some difficult personalities and a lot of work, but that's the same in every industry.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have advice to give; the management team in the DC office have been spectacular and clearly knows what they are doing.


  7. "IP Litigation Assistant"

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    Former Employee - IP Litigation Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IP Litigation Secretary in Washington, DC

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in a team setting was a plus and shared job duties assisted Attorneys faster.

    Cons

    The firm moved to a location that wasn't accessible to the metropolitan downtown area.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Worst experience ever"

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    Former Employee - IP Docketing Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IP Docketing Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - New office - dangerous location but it is clean and looks nice from outside

    Cons

    - Inefficient team management
    - Not rewarding at all
    - Unfair work distribution
    - No room for growth
    - No recognition
    - Favorites
    - Unfair work distribution
    - I am so, very happy I left the firm. It was the worst 3 years spent. Bye forever.

    Advice to Management

    Manager is the biggest mistake of your firm and your department. Train the mangers right in order to retain good employees.


  9. "A good place to start your legal career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to meet a variety of people with lots of experience. That you can get a great amount of help and advice.

    Cons

    You have to work hard and do well, and you have to love what you do.
    Otherwise, it might be really stressful working here.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Place to Start"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had an excellent mentor, and local leadership was very supportive when I took leave to care for my first child. Very strong community if you can tap into it.

    Cons

    I didn't feel like there was any investment made in me personally by the firm. I was useful, but only in the roles I made for myself; I wasn't given additional training or education (though perhaps it was a bit much to ask, being a junior administrative staffer).

    Advice to Management

    Lawyers are the lifeblood of the firm, but retaining talent in non-legal roles needs to be given higher priority.


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