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Morrison & Foerster Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits and pay; many talented and smart staff, attorneys and agents (in 12 reviews)

  • Lots of resources, plenty of high profile work, interesting clients, opportunities to do pro bono work, a commitment to some level of (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Monotonous work, work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • more humane for a law firm, but the culture has really changed over the last few years (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "MoFo is a wonderful place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Patent Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is refreshing to go to work and be surrounded by intelligent people who collectively care about doing a good job for the clients and not working on their own agendas.
    It is a positive place to work with plenty of resources and training.
    Extremely helpful co-workers.
    The Benefits are great!

    Cons

    None - unless they could fly me into work on a private helicopter to avoid the commute.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Morrison & Foerster Response

    Jul 14, 2017 – Talent Management Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate hearing about your personal experience and are glad to learn that you enjoy working with your team members! MoFo strives to... More


  2. "Highly Regarded International Law Firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Community Service and Pro Bono work
    Interesting clients and cases
    They only hire the best of the best - attorneys and staff

    Cons

    Too much work and not enough staff causing many staff to leave
    Not enough of a work/life balance for attorneys
    Inconsistency with developing career paths for staff

  3. "IP Legal Secretary"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    Associates are great to work woth

    Cons

    No communication between staff and mangers


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None - bad company to work for

    Cons

    No organization, career development plans or training.

    Morrison & Foerster Response

    Jul 14, 2017 – Talent Management Specialist

    Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. I’m sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your experience at Morrison & Foerster. The firm as a whole and the Marketing Department in... More


  5. "Conflicts Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    -Good benefits
    -High standard of work across the firm
    -Strong Pro-Bono practice
    -A large number of high-profile matters - i.e. I often read about cases I'm working on in the news

    Cons

    -Typical corporate law firm hierarchy and detachment
    -The bottom line is, understandably, generating a ton of money for the partners, so you end up directly or indirectly working on stuff that doesn't necessarily make you feel good to be working on -- the nature of the beast at a corporate law firm

    Morrison & Foerster Response

    Jul 18, 2017 – Talent Management Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We are glad to hear you are happy with the benefits package as well as MoFo’s high standards and commitment to excellence. As you... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Patent Department Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and ability to work from home

    Cons

    Manager did not address work-related problems I had with a new hire for about 6 months. I decided to leave, gave notice of my end date and manager asked me to leave sooner. They are also refusing to give me the bonus I accrued from last year.

    Advice to Management

    Show loyalty to longer term employees, not to new hires. Listen and act when your staff brings problems to your attention.

    Morrison & Foerster Response

    Jul 14, 2017 – Talent Management Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate hearing about your comments on MoFo’s benefits, flexible work arrangements, and discontent expressed about your concerns that went... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "MoFo is not MoBetter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and atmosphere. Milk and juice in the refrigerators.

    Cons

    Management out of touch with the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Your staff is highly educated and really does know what it is doing. In fact, it knows far more about what is required on a day-to-day basis than you do.

  8. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    The Attorneys at MoFo are some of the best in the legal industry - exceptionally bright, fair minded and of high integrity and ethics.

    Cons

    The administrative staff did not always receive supportive treatment from the administrative executive team.


  9. "Hopeful for Bright Future"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    -Professional development and training offered shows investment in employees
    -Talent development and growth plan are part of regular check-ins with managers
    -Work content provides opportunities to be creative and analytical
    -Ability to work with different departments and offices
    -Projects given are diverse and challenging
    -No micro-managing which allows ability to gain management skills and to own responsibilities
    -Team is always looking for ways to be innovative and more efficient
    -Care about staff needs and solving problem areas
    -Monthly office happy hours

    Cons

    -Large size of firm sometimes causes delays in communication
    -Some processes take longer than usual to initiate/complete

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in internal resources; continue to survey and check-in with current employees on goals, needs, and areas where they can and would like to improve.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "MoFo"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow.

    Cons

    No cons that i can think of.


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