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Orrick Reviews

Updated December 12, 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. "Great place to be an associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Don't do it."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orrick (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The attorneys are absolutely great.

    Cons

    The administrative folks are a nightmare to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    They need new management.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  8. "Good for a big firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits; smart people; one of the top firms in the startup space.

    Cons

    Like all big firms, long hours are required; people generally just want to get done and go home; clients tend to be very cost conscious in the startup practice, which leads to a lot of pressure to do things quickly and perfectly, but without billing much time.

    Advice to Management

    Work on creating better office culture to keep employees happier given the demands.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Finding it challenging to identify pros. Benefits are good and offices are well appointed. The lawyers are smart as are most of the staff.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership team. Incredibly political with next to zero emotional intelligence. No CFO, CMO, or Chief HR Officer, if that's an indication. Lawyers are paid at market prices, but staff positions seem under market, especially for the number of hours staff members are expected to work. Strategic vision not well articulated--the vision that is articulated is not backed with a well thought out plan. Firm touts its core values, but seems to reward those who don't practice them. Morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in leaders with emotional intelligence who can articulate a plan and motivate staff to execute.


  10. "Truly a great place!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


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