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Morgan Lewis Reviews

Updated October 10, 2018
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Morgan Lewis Chair of the Firm Jami Wintz McKeon
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Pros
  • "Team work environment, very nice colleagues, flexible schedule" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Good people and opportunities to learn" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some departments have more privileges, and better work/life balance than others, which seems a bit unfair considering that it's entirely arbitrary" (in 9 reviews)

  • "As with any major law firm, there is room for improvement in some of the leadership areas within IT" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "IT Manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Lewis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top-notch global IT team to work with

    Cons

    No cons for me here


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Lewis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mentors and work environment

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say. Loved it

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  3. "USED to be cool"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Lewis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are really great, you can find small pockets of them still. Benefits are decent, free snacks, room for advancement.

    Cons

    New management has just made things that were tough to handle even worse. Everything that is told publicly (collaboration, work/life balance, etc.) is truly lip service. People are unlikely to share information, even within their own group, and the politics and passive agressive behavior of many is tolerated, which basically just breeds more of it. There is no professional development, no real mentoring. Compensation and promotion decisions are made based on politics, not merit.

    The firm used to be a wonderful, supportive culture and a great place to work. The acquisitions and the new Chair have really eroded that culture.

    Advice to Management

    Step down.


  4. "Good Place to Be"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Lewis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, Benefits
    Great co-workers
    Smart attorneys
    Great resources to assist with heavy workload
    Work location is great, accessible to everything in the City

    Cons

    Some departments are overwhelmed even with the extra resources
    Better bonuses and merit raises
    No room to grow if you are staff

    Advice to Management

    Flex schedule for secretaries, opportunity to work remotely 1 or 2 days a week
    Better merit raises
    Programs for staff to advance


  5. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Lewis full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and early responsibility

    Cons

    Typical big law firm. Long hours; limited control over schedule


  6. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Lewis full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay, intelligent colleagues, good resume item

    Cons

    Boring projects, bad culture, empty office


  7. Helpful (1)

    "YOU CAN TAKE CHEAP TO A NEW LEVEL."

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Morgan Lewis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers and that is about it.

    Cons

    Everything else. This firm is still living in 1999. In an effort to save a buck, they end up costing themselves 3x as much. Typical corporate problems. NO training. The entire team needs to be replaces and a new training department implemented that is actually responsive and wants to help by holding classes in that giant room constructed for the purpose rather than QRG's and videos. Ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    This is 2018. Easy to use software, stand-up desks and other modern perks are not a choice if you want to retain staff. No wonder the applicant pool is so poor. Word in the street is out: Morgan Lewis: CHEAP

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Lewis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff is great, people are friendly, and the SF office tries to provide events somewhat often to lift morale (random breakfasts/lunch’s/auctions). Firm participates in fundraising activities. The environment I thought was very welcoming. I enjoyed going to work.

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth outside of headquarters. Bonuses could be much better.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (6)

    "HR/Benefits Staff - Run Far Away!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Lewis full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers
    - Sufficient salary

    Cons

    - High HR Staff turnover due to micro-management and radically inefficient processes
    - Outdated HRIS
    - Lower tier employees have little to no say in improving processes
    - Vague and underdeveloped compensation structure
    - Lawyers are segregated from professional staff between two office buildings - lowers overall staff morale.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate all of the endless HRBP and Talent Acq. BP models, other firms are set up completely differently for a reason! No micro-managing, I repeat - no micro-managing. If you want a talented workforce, then local and regional managers should have confidence in the abilities of their employees.

    Also, provide junior employees with professional development opportunities - if they're not learning, they're not growing. If they're not growing; they'll quickly leave the firm!


  10. "Attorney working in general corporate."

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

    Pros

    There is a wide variety of work.

    Cons

    Instructions from partners can be confusing.

    Advice to Management

    The atmosphere has deteriorated over the past two years.


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