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Orrick Reviews

Updated June 23, 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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Billing and Collections Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Great Firm that cares about their employees and stands by their core values.

    Cons

    Hour long commute to get there.


  5. "Great place to be an associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment
    Excellent substantive opportunities
    Early responsibility
    Reasonable work-life balance for big law
    No screamers
    Interesting and complicated cases

    Cons

    Difficult to establish mentoring relationships for non-traditional associates
    Numerous lateral hires make for a patchy office culture at times
    No partner buy-in for supposed firm initiatives (e.g. diversity initiatives, associate initiatives)

    Advice to Management

    I think the real issue is lack of partner buy-in for supposed firm priorities. For example, there are tons of associate committees and affiliate committees and such, but there is little to no partner involvement so it feels like a lot of lip service to supposed firm culture without any actual impact. That said, the firm has identified good priorities and initiatives, it's just failing to execute at the moment.


  6. "Great people/culture."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I have been working at Orrick as a contractor

    Pros

    The people, the culture and the opportunity to work on different projects. This is mainly attributed to my manager. She is amazing.

    Cons

    Contract not long enough to determine.


  7. "Surprising Excellent Work Environment... but still a law firm"

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

    Pros

    Absolutely stellar work environment. The staff is first-class and the attorneys are (mostly) friendly. This firm is a rarity among AmLaw 100 firms.

    Cons

    It is still an AmLaw 100 firm. The business model itself is a tough one.

    Advice to Management

    Management is outstanding and there isn't a lot of glory-hounding. Senior management is very good at recognizing the contribution of team members at all levels.

  8. "Truly a great place!"

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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

    Recognized as one of Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work - and it is! Orrick truly cares about its employees and employee welfare is an important factor when they make decisions. The benefits are great, paid time off is extremely generous. The implement many programs that are designed to help employees focus on their health and well being. 401(k) contribution. Decent bonuses. CEO is fully engaged. Town Hall meetings several times a year keep employees informed - very transparent. Orrick has strong core values that they embrace - it isn't just talk.

    Cons

    The attorney to secretary ratios are pretty steep, but this is balanced out by outsourced support systems.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Menlo Park office great place to work....very laid back atmoshpere

    Cons

    Long hours, but great projects.


  10. "e-discovery attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    collegial culture and managing attorneys are nice, good cooberlation among teams

    Cons

    trainings can be improved


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