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Orrick Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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Pros
  • wonderful benefits and work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Competitive salaries and good benefits (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, which is standard for this type of position (in 10 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. "Orrick Corporate Associate"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Clients are doing cool stuff.

    * On the corporate side at least, Orrick cares a lot more about getting the details right than some other firms I've worked with. There are smart people there you can learn a lot from.

    Cons

    * Very hit or miss depending on which partner you do the most work for. A lot of the partners are smart lawyers but not very good managers.

    * There are smart people there you can learn a lot from, but it's up to you to actually learn from them.

    * Benefits were sort of meh from a pricing perspective. Unlimited vacation is nice in theory but not great in practice.

    Advice to Management

    Improve training. Let it count towards the hours targets.


  2. "Has the potential to be a great place to work, but only if you end up in a department with good management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Orrick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits offered are above average.

    Cons

    Pay tends to be on the lower end of the spectrum and management is hit or miss.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that department level management actually understands the work their employees do.

  3. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and PTO. Positive working environment. Great attorneys.

    Cons

    Unpredictable work hours. That said, this is the norm in big law.


  4. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    best culture as far as biglaw goes, helpful staff and associates.

    Cons

    very busy practice, the firm is doing well so everyone has a ton on their plate (can be a con)

    Advice to Management

    increase burden of mentoring on partners and decrease that burden on associates.


  5. "Orrick Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's a good salary, it's a big firm, there's decent flexibility, lots of different practice areas and lots of different offices.

    Cons

    It's not the most profitable firm in the world, and there are a lot of jerk partners - although that may be common to a lot of different firms in New York.

    Advice to Management

    Try and focus more on cultivating partners who actually care about associates and are nice human beings.


  6. "complete lack of training and oversight"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    lack of training and guidance


  7. "Orrrick Best Law Firm"

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    Current Employee - Clerk in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Clerk in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Orrick is very employee centric. What I mean is that they do things to make their employees feel as though they care about their well being with staff appreciation days, a soft ball team, mentoring.

    Cons

    In my case, there hasn't been enough training.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more comprehensive training function.

  8. "Very dependent on who you work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is generally great at the top level; try to be reasonable about work-life balance for big law.

    Cons

    Very hit or miss depending on which partners you work for; some departments can get really slow.


  9. "Great learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Practice Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Practice Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful mentor who was not selfish with sharing the tricks of the paralegal trade. The attorneys are kind and willing to provide guidance for prospective law school applicants.

    Cons

    Most of the assistant work is document review and records management. Not much exposure to legal theory or compelling case work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I manage big client data"

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

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    I mainly work independently. There is no one looking over my shoulder and I have the flexibility to complete my tasks as I see fit.

    Cons

    They are a very liberal company and are proud to push liberal causes. They have very strict policies set in place that govern departments as a whole and often do not fit a specific situation or person.

    Advice to Management

    Give managers and workers more freedom to handle situations and people as they feel is best. When making company wide decisions pull lower level people into focus groups to understand how decisions effect different positions.


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