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Orrick Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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Pros
  • wonderful benefits and work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • The benefits are good and offer opportunities to spend time with family especially after having a child (in 7 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. Helpful (4)

    "Paralegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good food and nice office.

    Cons

    Long and grueling hours. Paralegals treated as second class. Career advancement is very limited. No support from management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat paralegals as valued employees because they are!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Orrick is a great company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The Orrick office is a very beautiful and modern facility. The employees were generally very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Many of their positions have been outsourced to cut costs.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Orrick (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot and handle many responsibilities. Overall, people are friendly and value a congenial culture.

    Cons

    Very leanly staffed, communication to staff from management is not strong.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Decent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent leadership, team work promoted

    Cons

    Pay is generally less than market, no room for staff to advance


  6. "Generally a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Significant amount of support from staff

    Cons

    Low pay compared to current market (except for attorneys)

    Advice to Management

    Encourage transparency, discourage politics and backstabbing


  7. "Poor mentoring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people (as far as staff is concerned)

    Cons

    Poor management, no mentoring, no team work

    Advice to Management

    Mentoring needed


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    Great people and awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours and workflow. Limited upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very easy to contact.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I love working at Orrick's Global Operations Center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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

    Pros

    - Good people
    - The GOC is a back office support center for the firm and attorneys in the practice offices are appreciative of our work and generally great to work with

    Cons

    - Not a variety of lunch spots within walking distance of the GOC
    - Very low turnover so it can be hard to move upward in the organization because your boss does not leave


  10. "Fantastic platform for growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Wheeling, WV
    Current Employee - Manager in Wheeling, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orrick full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Annual reviews
    Regular opportunity for merit increase and bonus
    Office culture
    Firm culture
    Opportunities for professional growth
    Opportunities to work with colleagues around the world

    Cons

    Lack of connection between offices
    Cultural disparities between practice offices and GOC
    No organized leadership or management training for mid-level staff


  11. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Orrick is an innovative firm, and the people who work there are collegial. Most are very respectful of one another. It's a friendly environment where employee opinions matter. Work/life balance. Women and LBGT Community awareness and focus. Pro Bono and Community Volunteer activities. Associate and staff salaries are competitive. Alternative Work Arrangements and flexible work schedules available for many positions. Business casual dress with jeans on Fridays, year-end and other times throughout the year. Fun activities and events. Hot breakfast once a month.

    Cons

    Culture shift from California (casual, comrade) to New York (business, bottom-line ) frame of mind. All decisions must be approved by decision-makers instead of allowing competent personnel to make daily decisions. Skewed staff compensation model in Wheeling. Some get paid very well and others get paid below market. Some positions have limited growth potential, but it is similar to other employers.

    Advice to Management

    Find a happy middle ground, set goals and provide directives then allow employees to do their jobs (including making rationale decisions).


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