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Orrick Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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  • 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. "Senior Associate"

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    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Best firm that I've worked at"

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    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.

  3. "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.


  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. "Okay experience- standard biglaw"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Salary, nicer attorneys than other firms

    Cons

    Standard biglaw cons of the job (hours, unpredictability, etc)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    wonderful benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    professional growth opportunities lack in areas outside of legal positions


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Base Salary and Bonus Structure are competitive and the firm has been recognized as a top 100 company to work for by Fortune and the most innovative law firm in the U.S. by the Financial Times. Senior Management has done an excellent job of channeling the firm to focus on a few practices, such as public finance, energy, and technology companies. The firm has excelled in those areas. The IP litigation and employment litigation practices are also excellent.

    Cons

    The Bonus Structure is only competitive with Vault 20 law firms if you hit your billable hour requirements. Orrick doesn't give billable hour credit for training or firm contributions hours. Billable hours are not spread evenly among associates but that is likely a similar problem at most law firms. You'll get better benefits such as health insurance or 401k if you go in-house.

    Advice to Management

    Consider removing the billable hours requirement for associate bonuses in order to become more competitive with Vault 20 law firms in attracting talent, and providing billable hours credit for training and firm contribution. Adopt a better workflow process for associate attorneys.

  8. "Customer services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay great benefits

    Cons

    N/a everything not bad


  9. "Managing Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Really good place to work.

    Cons

    Cons are the same as most firms.


  10. "Good benefits but not too happy with the structure"

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    Former Employee - IP Litigation Paralegal II in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - IP Litigation Paralegal II in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The firm is prominent and they offer great benefits. The attorneys are nice to work with

    Cons

    I am not too happy with the way they manage paralegals. I feel like the power is too centralized and there's no room to grow.


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