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Morgan Lewis Reviews

Updated August 15, 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 12 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 8 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. "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


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (5)

    "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!


  6. "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.


  7. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, 37.5 hours per week in DC

    Cons

    Militaryish (if there is such a word)

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up a little, you have have some great people.

  8. "BD"

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

    I worked at Morgan Lewis (More than a year)

    Pros

    catering, the food was amazing.

    Cons

    some really negative people working there. Get rid of them if you want to keep a good team.

    Advice to Management

    re-evaluate who you got, and stop playing favorites!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Lewis full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and room for growth within marketing department.

    Cons

    Salary/Pay is below average for the market.


  10. "Some good, some not so good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Lewis full-time

    Pros

    Smart, nice lawyers. Progressive and forward-thinking firm. Huge firm but feels smaller thanks to good local office culture.

    Cons

    Advancement to partnership is a total black box even when you ask direct questions, there are seldom any concrete answers.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency with senior associates. If they are in the dark on what may or may not happen with their careers, they will leave.


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