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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)

  • I feel like the power is too centralized and there's no room to grow (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Horrible firm with no values. Uses associates for all they are worth and then doesn't support them."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Orrick full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and good food in cafeteria.

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, management is now based in NY and does not support other offices. Brutal hours and unreasonable expectations.


  2. "If I knew then what I know now.."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A handful of good people and the perks are better than other BigLaw firms.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from management; lack of work life balance; people who aren't qualified to be managers are...

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the management level and just simply start over. There are too many "power trips" and "egos" because people who don't qualify to manage are in management.

  3. "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work if you're a lawyer

    Cons

    toxic, sexist, no respect for staff, poor management


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm in the big picture; GOC DRS is a nightmare."

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    Former Employee - Attorney Team Lead in Wheeling, WV
    Former Employee - Attorney Team Lead in Wheeling, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an Attorney Team Lead, the job is actually interesting and challenging. Opportunity to work with a variety of diverse and talented people.

    Cons

    That same diverse environment was systematically undervalued and destroyed by a self-righteous, bigoted, sexist director. The few remaining Leads hate their job now and all are looking elsewhere for better opportunities. The DRS prides itself for supposedly being flexible and all-inclusive, but those who "lean in" are quickly torn down through psychological abuse. Also, the director insists on unethical billing practices that should probably be reported, at the least, to the WV Bar. These unethical practices and indescretions have been reported to higher-ups without consequence. Also, HR will air your private and protected information throughout the GOC with impunity.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate DRS management's actions and performance.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Staff raise and bonus are practically non existent"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I feel they do care about the staff Moral in the office. We were treated well while working.

    Cons

    My raise for 5 years was less than 2%. My bonus for hard work was $1500. Then I was told I was maxed out for salary and would never get a raise again. Ever. And then I was told my bonus would NOT reflect the deficit of no raise. So it makes no difference if I stay late or put the extra effort to get projects out. I always work hard. But if I slack or go above and beyond it makes no difference.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff more. Your maternity policy is amazing ......for attorneys. You made a whole big deal about how the new policy values the women in the organization, how you want to make sure that women having children get a lot of time off and then get eased back in. But that's only for attorneys not staff. Its actually embarrassing when your CTO has a baby and she is treated like the staff. Much shorter maternity leave. But then again she gets bonus, raise and I bet making over a few hundred K a year.......


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Legal assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orrick full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People were friendly and the work was interesting. A lot of opportunities to work on interesting documents. The benefits are good and offer opportunities to spend time with family especially after having a child.

    Cons

    Management was poor. Direct manager acted unethically and requested questionable actions. Same manager was also incredibly rude and expected one to work off the clock without pay.


  7. "Second class citizen"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Emerging, attempt to be innovative

    Cons

    Cut throat environment. Non-supportive, lack of team.

    Advice to Management

    Speak with rank and file. It is a different organization.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The real deal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Firm name recognition for lateral moves to another firm. Benefits.

    Cons

    No real leadership. Firm lacks individuals who understand a team concept. Others in management seem not as helpful when a tight deadline is looming. Employee morale always seemed low and there was too much micromanaging without a true mentoring. Mentoring and refrain from all the negative chit chat about this lawyer or the next lawyer. Hold people accountable, even upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your ears open and act when there is incompetence. Don't let people stay on at the firm who have a problem with fostering a team atmosphere. Stop being afraid to delegate.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "One disappointed employee"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great. My assignments are great to work with. My coworkers are also great.

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen. There is too much bureacracy and management needs to listen to "staff" needs, and not just "lawyers."

    Advice to Management

    See downsides.


  10. "Compensation and Promotion Issues"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Orrick is comparable to other large law firms. If you have a busy practice you will be left alone.

    Cons

    The firm has had growing pains with its several acquisitions. Integration of those employees is often at the expense of the older, native employees. Orrick's new "talent model" means lower base compensation for all attorneys more senior than 6th years.

    Advice to Management

    Review area office function and management.


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