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O'Melveny & Myers Reviews

Updated November 6, 2018
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O'Melveny & Myers Chair Bradley J. Butwin
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Pros
  • "seriously committed to pro bono; lots of money" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Getting to work with intelligent folks; some great staff members who continuously go the extra mile for attorneys and staff members alike" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is very little work/life balance because of very lean staffing" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Law firm culture creates a divide between lawyers and everyone else" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work with excellent pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time

    Pros

    Smartest lawyers around in the greater Los Angeles area

    Cons

    The hours are long, and some teams are poorly managed


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time

    Pros

    Good money, not big on face time

    Cons

    Competitive, cut-throat environment, working for awful clients

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary, beautiful office, prestigious name. It's typical biglaw, but not awful on the hours front.

    Cons

    The people are pretty strange. Partners act like divas, which isn't uncommon, but more so than at other firms. Also the way they treat staff is pretty shockingly disrespectful sometimes. The hours are typical biglaw, which is to say not great, but certainly not the worst offender. It's also hard to get good experience early in your career there.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time

    Pros

    Great office culture. The firm genuinely tries to hire new attorneys that fit in.

    Cons

    Work distribution is very inconsistent.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "As far as big law goes, great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, supportive environment, interesting cases

    Cons

    Staffing is unpredictable and not transparent at all


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location in San Francisco Financial District. Generous pay and benefits. Your title is Director, which in other law firms would be Manager.

    Cons

    Law firm culture creates a divide between lawyers and everyone else.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place/Great Culture"

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

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great mentoring and pro bono commitment

    Cons

    Limited footprint in Europe and Africa

  8. Helpful (4)

    "poor treatment"

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good firm while you are there

    Cons

    Unfair treatment without a real investment in people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly; very smart attorneys

    Cons

    Workload can be up and down at times


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Law Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    O'Melveny is a great law firm to work for with excellent benefits for both attorneys and staff members. The firm has a great culture and nearly everyone is friendly, smart and hard-working.

    Cons

    For staff members, depending on your department, the opportunities for upward mobility are very limited. There is no outlet for providing feedback to management and upward feedback is generally unwelcome and viewed as criticism.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for growth and leadership by creating more director-level positions for valued talent; provide staff members with opportunities to share upward reviews in a constructive setting (similar to what has already been in place for attorneys); create more equity and communication across departments.