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Morgan Lewis San Francisco Reviews

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Pros
  • Good work environment, strong portfolio of clients, good pay and benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • They have a great work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance did not exist (in 7 reviews)

  • As with any major law firm, there is room for improvement in some of the leadership areas within IT (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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

    Pros

    Interesting work assignments and lots of responsibility.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure to meet billable hour minimum.


  2. "Too big"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morgan Lewis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food. Lots of parties.

    Cons

    Too many parties. Wasteful.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of events, good benefits, good lawyers.

    Cons

    Red tape, overbearing HR, non-collaborative, hierarchy, unfriendly, divide between staff and attorneys, attorney work is not evenly distributed, favoritism among attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your staff.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great firm with room for improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    Broad based practice groups, excellent lawyers. The firm has a great brand name, nationally and internationally. The firm has beautiful offices in all locations.

    Cons

    Salary tends to trail the top of the market. Head quarters in Philadelphia means that other offices can get short shrift.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your associates' development in litigation. Make sure people understand how to try cases by the time they are 5th year associates.


  5. "Accounting department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Firm appears to be in good financial shape. Conservative management in expenses

    Cons

    Poor internal communication. Difficult to find actual advisements on procedures. Did not show desire for review for best practices. Decisions made without long term analysis.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to engage the talent of the staff. Setup a communication structure to engage all parties in understanding vision of the firm. Encourage idea contribution to engage staff in problem solving.


  6. "Working at Morgan Lewis"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Morgan Lewis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere. The employees are great. Friendly and welcoming, even for a firm this big. Small Christmas time bonus (something's better than nothing).

    Cons

    Pay is not very good and they do not give good raises. It is also hard to move up. If you work in a certain position, it is very difficult to switch into a new role (even if you have the experience).

    Advice to Management

    Give your current employees and opportunity to move up and try new roles. Or at least compensate them well enough that they'll stay in their current position.


  7. "Started out okay...."

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    Former Employee - Patent Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Patent Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation was good, work/life balance good.

    Cons

    Very bad morale, miniscule bonuses, not enough organization at the supervisor level.


  8. "Senior attorney in NorCal office"

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    Current Employee - Attorney, 8th-Year in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Attorney, 8th-Year in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, good co-workers, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Very conservative firm (a plus when economy is bad), lack of success building corporate practice in NorCal


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Wish I had left sooner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Morgan Lewis is stable and predictable. The attorneys, in general, are nice to the staff. The San Francisco office has a great location.

    Cons

    They were frugal before the recession, but during the recession, they took it to an extreme. No genuine generosity or loyalty towards the staff. Everything is dictated from the HQ in Philadelphia--no exceptions. But, the notable problem with the San Francisco office is the number of people who came into the company via Morgan's merger with the collapsed law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in 2003. Many of them have only worked for two firms--Brobeck and Morgan. So, they are always comparing one to the other. Over and over and over again. If you are going to work in the S.F. office, you have to be prepared to deal with that ping pong mind-set.

    Advice to Management

    Get real with yourselves.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Do golden handcuffs make long hours/career stagnation any less painful?"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Morgan Lewis pays very close to market rates for IT professionals, especially in a vibrant economy. The health benefits/vacation packages are also very competitive.

    Cons

    Career-wise, there is very little incentive to improve in order to move up in the company. Promotions are granted largely based on pending vacancies, though they rarely create new positions to fill a business need. And they only really promote people with a lot of years under their belt. So, a new person with more skills than an incumbent will have to pay their dues by respectfully waiting. This is not a good company for the ambitious.

    Having said that, middle and upper management is not very receptive to new ideas that have not formally gone up the chain of command. This is slowly changing -- we've started forming subcommittees on various issues -- but it's often taken a crisis (the SAN going down; data loss; corrupt databases) to get management to pay attention.

    The focus of the IT group seems to be efficiency first -- so the less new software or hardware they have to support, the better control they have, thereby maximizing efficiency. Ultimately, the IT needs of the firm take a backstep to the business of law (Morgan Lewis is a national lawfirm). So, if the attorneys don't see a technology need/upgrade (and they often cannot), then IT will continue to support software/hardware that is often several versions old or no longer supported by the manufacturer.

    Lastly, the firm does not support continued education in your field. If you want advanced training, you have to pay for it yourself.

    Advice to Management

    You pay Information Technology to help manage your data, so give us the tools and career incentives to do so.


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