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Munger Tolles & Olson Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Great corporate culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Munger Tolles & Olson (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility, interesting assignments, good pay

    Cons

    Nothing really to report here


  2. "Cheap"

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

    I have been working at Munger Tolles & Olson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to work if you are paralegal or attorney or above. You never have to worry about getting fed or a drink. There is always food and drink if you are a attorney

    Cons

    The do not allow staff to enjoy food, unless it has already been picked over by attorneys. You would think they would feed the people who make the less money, not feed the people who can afford a nice lunch

    Advice to Management

    Check in with your staff more than once a month. Things are NOT are good as you might think.

  3. "Great place to work! Very talented people!"

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

    I worked at Munger Tolles & Olson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with some of the best lawyers in the entire country. Very challenging cases. Very high standards. Excellent work product. Very transparent, merit-based culture.

    Cons

    Possibly hard to find mentors.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Highly Intelligent, Creative Thinkers welcome opinions of entire team."

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Munger Tolles & Olson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Be-your-own-boss atmosphere- get for independent kick-ass employees. Good pay, benefits, & bonuses, lots of OT available, no micro-managing (in my dept), ability to work with the top legal minds in the country that treat you respectfully as equals and show appreciation for your efforts- amazing in a law firm! Even during stressful time-crunched trial everyone works as a team and does not snappy with each other. Having worked with a lot of law firms before Munger I can tell you they are truly special, and care about every employee. Truly a joy to work with so many talented people in all of the depts: IT, clerks, paralegals, secretaries, attorneys- the firm is full of top-notch people that make me feel like a valuable part of the team. Love it!

    Cons

    Minor compared to Pros. Some of the staff that has been there a long time feel favoritetism since attorneys choose their team usually dependent on past good experiences. If you are the kind of person that prefers to be told what to do this may not be the best place for you. People need to speak up for themselves as the culture is entrepreneurial. After hire, staff raises are standard so it's hard to get a raise greater than that as the compensation is done by committee so it's a slow process. Some of the procedures like time tracking & OT approval need to be updated to a fully electronic system to save time.

    Advice to Management

    Check in more with staff to see if they are happy with how their workflow is going. Offer to help advance their effectiveness if they desire. Offer more possibilities for training outside of the firm (conferences, professional classes, etc.) staff managers could push the decision makers for their staff to get better raises based on their hard work. The staff is told how valuable they are but the really hard workers should be compensated financially as well. Update to the newest versions of computer operating systems and applications sooner. We represent top technology firms- we need to keep up, and it will help us work more effectively.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, challenging high-end work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very smart people; relatively low billable hours requirements and good work-life balance for a large law firm. Fascinating cases.

    Cons

    Tends to be a bit cheap on amenities, although part of the work-life balance trade off


  6. "unpleasant work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Munger Tolles & Olson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people but very poorly staffed and administrated.

    Cons

    Very divided culture. Poorly run firm. Very high turnover.


  7. "Munger great place"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Munger Tolles & Olson (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    No cons for this company

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart lawyers, friendly environment, good work

    Cons

    Office space older, less entreprenurial


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Place"

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    Former Employee - Office Services in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Office Services in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Munger Tolles & Olson (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice offices and job stability

    Cons

    Most people are a bit uptight

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay and benefits especially medical.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Descent place to work, perhaps not for more than 5-10 years..."

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    Current Employee - Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Munger Tolles & Olson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of OT available, descent time off and holiday, Partners are outstanding individuals and very supportive.

    Cons

    Certain staff seem to be used for all cases regardless of skill. Have to work hard to locate work. No room for advancement. Management seems to favor folks over others. While I have not had this happen to me, I have noticed it with others. Skills are not analyzed well. Cases should be assigned based on skill and interest, yet they are not.

    Advice to Management

    Staff management- listen to your employees and attempt to build moral.


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