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Updated February 14, 2018
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Pros
  • Reasonable work-life balance for big law (in 8 reviews)

  • Really great people - very smart and very nice (in 9 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. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Wonderful office culture
    I genuinely believe in our firm leadership and their insight and ability to bring about change with enthusiasm.

    Cons

    Long hours and tight turnarounds on deadlines can be stressful, but are offered a lot of PTO


  2. "Great culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

  3. "Senior Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great work, great building

    Cons

    Difficult to make partner as a mom

    Advice to Management

    Treat every associate as a potential partner


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Working Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Great Work environment with friendly co-workers. There are a lot of event for everyone to get together.

    Cons

    There are some bad apples in the bunch.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to detail


  5. Helpful (1)

    "High Variable in Quality of Employee Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Modern offices and modern technology
    Good at doing PR about their diversity/inclusion initiatives

    Cons

    High variability among practice groups re: respecting time off, ability to take maternity/paternity leave, etc.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Best firm that I've worked at"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great support system and structure, good opportunities for advancement if you're ambitious.

    Cons

    Some bad apples in the partnership. I've had some of the best experiences at Orrick of the firms I've been at, but also have worked with some difficult and abusive partners. Would love for there to be more female partners on the corporate side.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good traditional law firm environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Partner in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally friendly and progressive environment. Good leadership.

    Cons

    Lack of sense of mission in daily work.

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize longer-term planning.

  8. "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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Orrick Corporate Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Paralegal"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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