McDermott Will & Emery Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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McDermott Will & Emery is an international law firm with a diversified business practice. The firm is one of the largest grossing law firms in the US and globally, and its lawyers represent a wide range of commercial, industrial and financial enterprises, both publicly and privately held.

A former Legal Secretary shares her experience working with the firm, "McDermott Will & Emery is a very bad firm to work with. Their employee policies are punitive. They tolerate cheating and create an unacceptable environment of gender harassment in the guise of flirting between attorney and staff. It is extraordinary that a firm like this has not yet been unmasked."


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Docketing Specialist (Former Employee) says

"People were getting let go for minor of nonexistent reason. The longest people in docketing are only the people that came over from Foley with the manager. Everyone else is expendible. Cons: The whole company is a con"

Billing Specialist (Former Employee) says

"I worked as a Billing Specialist (Temporary Assignment) poor management and training from the supervisor. Supervisor/management have no sense of confidentiality and will discuss your professional and private matters with your co-workers. Supervisor needs to supervise and stop trying to be everyone’s friend."

Research Clerk (Former Employee) says

"Showed up twice on the wrong date and was told a different day to start putting me in between the middle of two recruiters that couldn't get along nor their stories straight and ended up throwing me under the bus. Cons: recruiters from agency communicated badly and treated employee as scapegoat"

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Very Stressful Operational Function, Poor Management overall, No Lunch Break , Not enough shift coverage. The hardest part of this job is that you're not appreciate of your job performance."

Legal Secretary (Former Employee) says

"I worked as a legal secretary for 30 years. Every law firm is basically the same. The only difference is the type of law. So there is no real opinion."

Staff (Current Employee) says

"Uncomfortable work environment. The firm seems unstable, there are changes and none for the good. Cons: To many to even mention"

Office Manager/Secretarial Manager (Former Employee) says

"The Associates are treated horribly. There is no chance for growth, partners do not mentor. The environment is uncomfortable. Treatment is awful. This is not a healthy environment and impossible to learn and grow. Cons: To many to mention"

Legal Secretary (Former Employee) says

"This is a very bad firm to work with. Their employee policies are punitive. They tolerate cheating and create an unacceptable environment of gender harassment in the guise of flirting between attorney and staff. It is extraordinary that a firm like this has not yet been unmasked. Cons: too long to list"

Intellectual Property Clerk (Former Employee) says

"I wouldn't advise anyone to apply to this firm, management is by far the worst I've ever experienced. There are several individuals in management positions who are completely under-qualified for their position and have poor organizational and time management skills. They foster a backstabbing, hostile environment where they target individuals who speak up about issues in the office."

Former employee (Former Employee) says

"Stay away from this firm if at all possible. The morale in the office is horrible due to management. Your job description will not be the job that you actually do and they will add more and more, but will not be compensated accordingly. Bonuses are paltry and do not match your reviews. Treat employees like second class citizens! Cons: Worst Management in Menlo Park"

Information Governance Supervisor (Current Employee) says

"They want to prioritize work or family. They are very micromanaging. I want you to fix things but don’t tell you how to fix them. Only rely on an end of review instead of an overall review of the year ."

Legal Secretary/Paralegal (Former Employee) says

"The first 6 months were good. After 6 months the gossiping seemed like high school. This firm employees a bunch of people that make it awful to work here. It’s clickish, and if you don’t fit into a click you will be considered an outcast. I’ve never seen anything like it. Certain people are concerned about the wrong things. You will get “told on” if you talk to someone at their desk for too long. This place sucks!! If you ever trusted a review, this is the review to trust. Cons: People, management"

Associate (Former Employee) says

"Not only does the law firm allow harassment of employees, it all but encourages it of people it considers "others". And then tries to cover it up. If it sounds messed up, it is because it is incredibly messed. This place is the type of place that will try to sink the careers of its own employees."

IP Litigation Paralegal (Former Employee) says

"Typical day is 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Not a good place to work, stay away. Management SUCKS, co-workers are great."

Secretary (Former Employee) says

"Office services are limited and the office is fairly busy. The department that I was in was not run very well and as a result there was little to no communication; secretary's are totally micro-managed down to the emails that are sent out to clients for various information, instructions, etc. For the amount of work that is demanded, the pay is considerably lower than the market surrounding SIlicon Valley and there is absolutely no support and/or guidance given from management. It's all about "job security" for the managers and forget about mentoring or really being a manager for the staff."

Docketing Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Main attorney left and took 90 percent of clients with him. Not enough work to keep busy on a daily basis. Hostile work environment. Employees laid off every couple of months Cons: Main attorney left and took clients with him"

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) says

"Was better many years and good people ago management has had several personal changes none any good wrong people are making decisions Put people in that can be trusted and know what they are doing"

Litigation Support (Discovery) says

"The litigation document review center is run by a half-educated secretary and not a lawyer. They routinely violate rules of discovery and do not implement defensibility / industry standard best practices to protect clients. They have a secret performance review system by which they criticize attorneys without allowing said attorneys to review these performance allegations. It is a toxic and despondent work environment that fosters deep feelings of indignity, desperation, and abuse."

analyst (Current Employee) says

"Fun place to work. The people are cool. Nice work life balance, get to meet celebrities and their teams. Awesome opportunity to work independently."

Billing Specialist (Former Employee) says

"There is no typical day at MWE because when you come to work you don't know if your going to be treated like a dog by the attorneys or management. You leave feeling like nothing. Cons: The partners talk, treat the accounting staff like dogs."

Former Employee - Staff Attorney says

"I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time Cons: I was treated like I was disposable."

Current Employee - Marketing Staff says

"I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than 3 years Cons: There have been a lot of layoffs and a high turnover rate in the marketing department. New managers are pushing out old staff. There is a lot of favoritism going on in regards to staff promotions. Most of the time, you will have to look elsewhere if you want to get promoted. Many staff in the department have left/are looking to leave soon. People who have worked hard, have gone above and beyond in their jobs have not been given promotions in years, unless they have a manager who will fight really hard for them. No clear path for growth. High pay discrepancy. Staff see a lot fewer benefits than lawyers do. Staff always feel like second class citizens The firm preaches happiness, yet staff arent happy."

Former Employee - Associate says

"I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time Cons: I could likely count on one hand the negative reviews of anywhere I've written in a lifetime and there is so much that I could write about how messed up this place is. Before you begin to work here or with the firm, please please search out people who have left and find out really why. If you are a female or female of color, this is an imperative anywhere; particularly here. For anyone, the reviews on here (including even this one), don't paint a full picture. There are more than a number of unpleasant truths below the surface and the firm, as function of the people there, is not the type to listen for positive change. This is an ugly-in-its-soul kind of place."

Former Employee - Associate says

"I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than 8 years Cons: Hours. Never saw my wife. Worked 100 + hours/week in corporate department. Alcoholism was rampant. Lost my wife to my job."

Former Employee - Legal Secretary says

"I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than a year Cons: There is alot of favoritism and complaints aren't taken seriously"

Former Employee - Accounting Department says

"I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than a year Cons: Too many to list but the main one is very poor leadership, director in accounting not qualified for position, supervisor not qualified for position. No people managing skills, dameaning and condescending “better than you” attitude. Just all around no idea what’s going on!"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time Cons: Partners are inhumane, lots of yelling and screaming for anything and everything even if it's not your fault or job. You will not be valued as an associate or staff."

Former Employee - Staff Attorney says

"I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than a year Cons: All biglaw firms have some morale issues but based on my experience and conversations with other attorney peers, this one has worse. If you are hired as a staff attorney you will be physically segregated from partnership track attorneys in a separate building, and managed by a non-attorney. There is no opportunity for career advancement, you have to bill 95% of the hours of an associate for 50% of an associate's pay. You will work in a waist-high cubicle and it will be made very clear to you that you are not a "real" MWE attorney. Even though the job could be done from home, there is still a face time culture. If you are an attorney, there are better jobs for you in this economy. AVOID AT ALL COSTS."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than a year Cons: The cons are numerous. For one, little if any training is offered. Specific systems and methods are learned on the fly, and there is no formal protocol for much of what goes on behind the scenes. Management and their bloated salaries are not involved in much of the work, however they have no problem delegating (i.e. handing off) their messes to their overworked and unhappy team members."

Former Employee - Lower Class Citizen says

"I worked at McDermott Will & Emery full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Too many to go thorugh each of them but here's a few. EXPENSIVE medical insuarnce and again this year went up, "bonuses" are a joke. After taxes you'll be lucky to be able to pay for lunch. Not joking. "Raises" it's what you would call anything above 1% - theirs don't get there not even close Their story is the same every year. You may get a better next time, but it looks like thier letter template hasn't been update in years. Same amount every year no matter if you break your back trying to prove you are worth more. They let attorneys and secretaries treat you worse than an enemy and still pull you into the office to "talk" about improvements with your work. There are NO perks for staff. They initiated a "Happiness Committee" to plan out events for employees 7 months ago. There was only one event and management frowns when you participate. By the way when the firm does schedule an event it's after 5 to not interfere with your work and harldy anyone goes. Why would you give them more of your time. The health fair they have - you need to go to during your lunch as going to the fair and taking a lunch is once again frowned upon. Prepare for occassional meetings that would be considered your lunch hour - unpaid. Turn over is HIGH people have litterally walked out. I tried to hang in there but the cheap talk really got to me. Everyone at the top is blind to what goes on in each individual office. Chicago is bad but it's just as bad in other offices. HR is the worse and I mean the worse they are only out to make a name for themselves. After your interview good luck getting a Hi or good morning out of them."

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