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Morrison & Foerster Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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Pros
  • "interesting cases and good benefits" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Excellent Community Service and Pro Bono work" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is zero work life balance" (in 18 reviews)

  • "more humane for a law firm, but the culture has really changed over the last few years" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to learn and grow as an attorney"

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

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, challenging work, excellent compensation

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable work schedule


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No support for staff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Out of 10 partners 3 are a pleasure to work with, which at a big law firm isn't terrible.

    Cons

    Absolutely no support for business development staff. The way it works here is upper business development "support" will delegate absolutely everything to managers , coordinators or specialists. No sense of collaboration within the teams. Management will not support you when faced with difficult partners.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff!

  3. "Strong firm in growth mode"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MoFo is well regarded in the market and attracts top legal talent around the world. The firm is growing and expanding into new markets and practices, which is exciting to watch and be a part of. The partners can be demanding but are generally supportive of staff and grateful for our hard work. My immediate team is cohesive, collaborative and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    As others point out - it IS a biglaw firm. Hours can be long and some processes could be improved to be more efficient, but I think it's the nature of the beast.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in smart, motivated BD resources. And please upgrade our mobile technology to help us be more efficient!


  4. "Great Place to work if you are looking for structure"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People
    Nice office Building
    Beautiful work space
    Conference Floor amazing

    Cons

    No work life balance
    No virtual work consideration


  5. Helpful (3)

    "If you value your sanity don't work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Department
    Former Employee - Marketing Department
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and PTO are pretty good

    Cons

    Staff treated terribly! Firm leadership only cares about partners and they make sure you never forget.
    Unrealistic expectations of staff- taking a 30 min lunch break is looked down upon. There is zero work life balance.
    Some of the staff is friendly, but others have the mentality of "dog eat dog world" - not a very healthy environment.
    Toxic work environment in certain practices.
    No firm culture or values.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Don't work here."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff is amazing... Patent, Real Estate, and some Corporate partners are a nice... Most Managers and Hiring Partner(s)not so much - There should be one HM but it seems like there are 2-4 partners who make the decisions.

    Cons

    Poorly managed. Every single Manager has an issue of some sort, for the exception of some beautiful souls. Staff are not treated well. You are being watched constantly. There is no trust between lower level and higher level employees. There is no HR department. Rigid. You are micromanaged to the point of exhaustion. There is no room for growth professionally. Partners and Managers don't have much emotional intelligence and it shows, but sadly they don't care. If you are thinking of being a Summer Associate here, try everywhere else first.

    Advice to Management

    Stop it. Kindness takes you a long way with your employees. Allow people to grow and not micro manage every single detail. Don't let your personal insecurities allow you to think that you are managing with a firm hand. Treat your staff well. Stop being intimidated by people who have a personality and have a mind of their own. Learn to trust your employees and be loyal to them.


  7. "Legal secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    I can’t think of any to add right now.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Business Development Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    It's taking me too long to come up with any, move on and read cons.

    Cons

    Terrible management, terrible work-life balance, extremely hostile work environment. Zero respect for BD people or any staff in general. They make it very clear that everyone is out for their best interest and have no interest in seeing their own team/department grow as a whole. If you don't mind being treated like an indentured servant, feel free to join the company.

    Minorities: prepare to be treated like minorities.

    Advice to Management

    High turnover rate should be a key indicator of company culture.


  9. "Not a bad place to work, but could be a lot better"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    The team I had were great. Very hardworking. Hours were reasonable and I had great office support.

    Cons

    Other than the holidary party (that was poorly attended) there weren't any events/happy hours that brought the office together. It was hard to make friends in the office. Other offices had weekly happy hours or events, it was disheartening to see that our office didn't.

    Advice to Management

    See what other office locations are doing to bring staff together and replicate.


  10. "Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Morrison & Foerster full-time

    Pros

    interesting cases and good benefits

    Cons

    difficult to get a promotion

    Morrison & Foerster Response

    Dec 21, 2018 – Talent Management Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. MoFo has a well-earned reputation of successfully handling complex and innovative matters for some of the world’s most prominent companies. Moreover... More