O'Melveny & Myers Reviews

Updated Jun 15, 2020

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3.7
67%
Recommend to a Friend
87%
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O'Melveny & Myers Chair Bradley J. Butwin
Bradley J. Butwin
42 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, opportunity to move up, great work(in 7 reviews)

  • "Lovely staff to work alongside, flexible hours, great work-life balance and just a joy to be around everyone(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "like any big law firm, very long hours(in 12 reviews)

  • "I don't really have anything negative to share - it's a large law firm, so it comes with the occasional long hours, etc(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people. Management really tries to take care of people.

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth for staff attorneys

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it says it is"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are very smart. There isn't a face time requirement. It's very quiet in the office. There are very few in-person meetings. You learn a lot on the job.

    Cons

    This is a firm overly concerned about its image even though the image presented does not reflect truth. Every year, they will sit attorneys down to talk about how "important" ratings are, how much even a single 4 out of 5 rating can affect firm rankings, and strongly encourage you to rank the firm the highest in the Chambers/Vault surveys "so that we can recruit better talent in the future." And then they host parties/meetings with free food related to these surveys. Don't believe what the rankings say. It's a manipulated game. Unlike the Chambers/Vault rankings, this is not a lifestyle firm, the culture is not great (though there are some wonderful associates and partners), the hours are not that much different from other firms (1950 billable minimum), and the firm is not very diverse (partners are still primarily white males, and even associate classes are not particularly diverse). I would say this firm is like the average biglaw firm. They put quite a bit of work into hiding the truth and maintaining an image. For years, they claimed there was no billable minimum on NALP when in fact there was. They were thinking about merging with Allen & Overy yet still left a voicemail to all associates saying that they never considered this until Above the Law spilled the news. The partners are demanding, perfectionist, and many are unpleasant (though there are a few wonderful partners too).

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good salary, interesting work, flexible hours

    Cons

    on call 24/7, stressful, high billable hours requirment

  4. "Great place to work!"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very dynamic environment. Never bored. Good projects.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is sometimes difficult.

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  5. "RUN, do not let the "big" name fool you.."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people I met and the okay benefits.

    Cons

    Too many to name. Little room for growth and plenty of broken promises.

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  6. "Great Law Firm"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counsel in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very little face time requirement. Everyone is friendly.

    Cons

    As with any law firm, you are pretty much always on the clock.

  7. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 

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

    Pros

    O'Melveny is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Workflow ebbs and flows unpredictably.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "a grind"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are well compensated at the firm

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful environment. There are lots of politics and people do not always have the best interest of the clients at heart.

  9. "Understaffed and poor management leads to people working harder not smarter."

    2.0
     

    I worked at O'Melveny & Myers

    Pros

    I do not recommend working here.

    Cons

    Inadequate management who does not listen to the people doing all the hard work.

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  10. "Wonderful place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Melveny & Myers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    O'Melveny is really a great place to work if you are looking for somewhere that has a strong foundation for their employees. Lovely staff to work alongside, flexible hours, great work-life balance and just a joy to be around everyone.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

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