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Never Measure Yourself against Perfection
See reviews for McDermott Will & Emery from attorneys and other legal professionals below.
Most reviews online will be overly negative or positive, so if you're reading this, you need to think through how you are treating the information and why you are getting it from online like this. This is not to provide details then -- see the email address below or if I ever come across you in person, I'm happy to talk about specifics, even multiple times.
In the meantime, if you are making a major life decision by choosing to work for this firm (and you are given the research on how toxic workplace environments affect people), just know that there is at least one person who had an experience bad enough to write here about it.
And I have never written a bad review of any place I have worked at or with.
People, whether they have the ability and humility to admit it or not, have deeply held beliefs; particularly if they are not frequently exposed to markedly different environments and people. And there might be better ways to act on those beliefs than the way people at MWE do and there might still be a lot of room there for people to even start to recognize they exist. If you are a young associate starting here or someone who will be considered different in any way, think twice. This may be a life-altering decision.
Spend more time listening to people - there are insights you can get from people that they'll only give you if they really feel understood. Strive for more fairness and transparency in decision making.
The firm uses technology quite well, which you might not expect - everything is up to date, and some jobs can be remotely performed, at least some of the time. Benefits are definitely above average.
Has a lot of the problems inherent to a larger and more established firm. Management sometimes seems unwilling to listen to or to deal with concerns. Not a lot of room for growth, in some functions, and when there are opportunities, you feel like they are distributed to those who are ""insiders"".
Continue to reward and promote hardworking employees. Stop playing favorites.
Benefits are great. Attorneys are awesome and the staff is dedicated. You are free to work independently.
You aren't able to work at home and the hours are not very flexible. It can take a while to get a promotion. There can be tight deadlines and late work nights.
Treat everyone the same; every piece matters.
I was surrounded by very smart and hardworking attorneys at this firm. Even with a great deal of work put on our desks; the incredible staff here gets it done in a timely fashion. This leaves plenty of room for a life outside of the office.
I've found there isn't much room for improvement or growth here. In fact, it seems when a position becomes open; it very rarely even gets filled. Upper management plays favorites
My advice is stay away from office politics and focus on your work. You will get success if you will show consistency and punctuality. The chances of growth are ample but you have to prove that you are worth it.
I would say that I have mixed feeling towards this firm. People are nice and helpful at this place but your work-life balance takes a toll as workload is somewhat on the higher side. But I must say that the co-workers and managers are very cooperative and work hard with you. The IT department is very good and make life easy. Nice training programs and very friendly environment.
Due to lack of electronic document management system everything is a bit unorganized. The hardest part of the job would be to come up with a solution to a problem quickly.