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Orrick Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Reasonable work-life balance for big law" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Competitive salaries and good benefits" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, which is standard for this type of position" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Very hit or miss depending on which partners you work for; some departments can get really slow" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Receptionist/Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They care about their staff. They have great benefits.

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say.

    Advice to Management

    No


  2. "Wonderful environment to work in."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Operations Specialist in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Service Operations Specialist in Wheeling, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, family like environment

    Cons

    The usual stresses that come with the legal industry

  3. "Hard work, smart people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    - Orrick provides excellent benefits
    - Once established, you can utilize flexible scheduling
    - There are often opportunities to learn new business areas

    Cons

    -Promotions can be hard to come by, since leadership has been in place for years
    -Staff turnover can create significant extra work for remaining colleagues

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership could be more transparent regarding decisions that affect the company, and generally more visible to the lower rungs of the organization


  4. "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, solid people, opportunity to work on complex transactions.

    Cons

    Tough hours, a given for a firm.


  5. "Paralegal"

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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 Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Great Healthcare, decent salary, good management

    Cons

    alot of work hours but definitely worth it.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orrick full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent big firm to work for.

    Cons

    Same downsides as big firm legal work in general.

    Advice to Management

    Employee happiness, however illusory, is still a worthy goal.


  7. "Great company, but very little advancement opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits (healthcare, PTO, maternity/paternity leave, 401k, work from home options, etc.), great people, superb IT support, nice facilities.

    Cons

    If you are in a staff position, there is almost zero career training to help you advance. In fact, many departments do not even offer the opportunity to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more career opportunities to staff level employees. All of the emphasis is on the lawyers, but your staff are very important assets as well.

  8. "Amazing Position"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Operations Specialist in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Service Operations Specialist in Wheeling, WV
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of the best opportunities for IT work in the Wheeling, WV area, Orrick provides amazing benefits to it's employees and pushes for them to excel as much as possible each year. The environment is amazing; every employee works to help the others.

    Cons

    There are no real cons to working at Orrick; the firm expects you to make sure you're as happy as possible, and will work with you if you're unhappy.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management Structure Broken"

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    Current Employee - Anon in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anon in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    California firm, more laid back than East Coast firm
    Flexibility with work schedule/time off

    Cons

    Management structure is broken. The firm does not seem to understand how departments on the business side should be organized or operated. Key leadership missing (or with the wrong people in position) from many departments. Lots of talk about collaboration and improvement; none filters down past the partners.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to reduce turnover and increase productivity of key departments, find good leaders and support them.


  10. "Great culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative culture
    Firm management truly wants this to be the best law firm to work for
    Humane hours
    Really great people - very smart and very nice
    Top quality work

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to get opportunities for next-level experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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