(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"There aren't many firm-wide social events although drinks do happen every Friday. There is a hierarchy, although most senior people are approachable most of the time. The trainees all get on well and there is a good support network."First year trainee, London
"There are fewer social events than at other firms as we have a relatively small office."Second year trainee, London
"The office culture is very much one of work hard and play when you can. My department is pretty stretched at the moment but they do try to organise drinks on Thursday or Friday, usually led by the partners. The firm offers quarterly drinks, of which one is the Christmas party. More could be done with a bigger budget but the trainees and new qualifiers tend to organise drinks ourselves. Structure and hierarchy exists but it highly depends on who you are working for. In many cases, partners are happy for you to go into their rooms with questions and some are more than happy to engage in a bit of a chat. Most teams have a defined structure with trainees assisting junior associates with the supervision of senior associates, and ultimately reporting to the partner. There is definitely partner contact for all employees from associates to trainees and paralegals."First year trainee, London
"There is a hierarchy in the office but it is not overbearing and doesn't prevent trainees from having contact with partners. Everyone is very approachable and very much works together as a team. There is a lot of out-of-office socialising and there is no hierarchy there, everyone is able to get on with each other and have a good time regardless of seniority within the office."
"While there is clearly a hierarchical structure, colleagues are friendly and welcoming. There could be more socialising in place and there is something of a social divide between departments."First year trainee, London
"Some departments are friendly and collegiate but others can be a little more competitive."Second year trainee, London
"There's a good culture in the office with lots of lunchtime events/talks organised by partners that we are encouraged to get involved in. There isn't a huge amount of socialising outside of the office although we often have a few drinks among trainees on a Friday."First year trainee, London
"There's an open-door culture during hours. Trainees get assigned work from newly qualified associates to senior partners and there is no sense of hierarchy in terms of provision of work. At the same time, trainees are welcome to ask for guidance from associates and partners alike. After hours, associates and trainees organise their own social events, which sometimes makes it difficult to bring different teams within the office together."Second year trainee, London
"There will be long hours on some occasions and the work is definitely academically engaging. Having said that, if I have worked late so has my supervisor and there is not a culture of working hours for the sake of it. Because it's quite a small group of trainees, we are quite close and we each get given a trainee buddy in the year above who we can ask questions to. We often go out for drinks. One great thing about the firm is that there's not so much division between the different levels. There isn't a secretary/ lawyer divide and there are lots of events with trainees and associates together. The firm has its origins in California and wins lots of awards for diversity and inclusion. Also, there are lots of female partners at the top of their game in the London office. It's great to learn from them."First year trainee, London
"Everyone pulls together and is very supportive. The fee earners work very hard but still make time for the trainees. The social side can be a bit lacking but that's just as a result of how busy the entire firm is."First year trainee, London
"I really like Orrick's culture. The firm is very friendly and relaxed and has an open-door policy, which is appreciated. A lot of work is done in teams, which is enjoyable and means a lot of support is available. Socialising among colleagues does take place quite frequently, especially among the trainees and associates in each department."Second year trainee, London
"Everyone at the firm is extremely friendly and helpful. There can be long hours but the culture at the firm certainly encourages you to leave if you haven't got anything to do. There is not a culture of staying in the office for the sake of it."
"In the office there are strong team relationships. Whilst there is a high level of respect for seniors, the hierarchy is not strict. Trainees normally socialize on a Friday and there are other monthly firm-wide social events as well as department events."First year trainee, London
"I think the firm has a nice culture. Within teams people tend to get on well and are supportive of each other. The firm is not overly hierarchical either. Most people at the junior end are happy to go to the pub together after work a couple of nights a week, work permitting. Different practice groups could interact more."Second year trainee, London
"The individual teams can be sociable but normally the hours get in the way of having much of a life outside of the office. There is a significant divide between the departments on the 7th and 8th floors which can make it hard as a trainee to move between departments."Second year trainee, London
"It is a generally friendly and supportive culture, as a first seat trainee I have been very impressed with the level of support I have received. There is the recognition that we are all part of a team and everyone pulls their weight to help each other along the way. Everyone works hard, but try to meet up for drinks whenever possible to catch up!"First year trainee, London
"The firm is genuinely friendly and welcoming to trainees. There is an open atmosphere - almost everyone in the firm is approachable and will entertain the most basic enquiries. I have had wonderful support - there is a constant dialogue with my supervisor which has accelerated my learning and colleagues in other departments have stayed late on a Friday to help me out. The trainees regularly arrange social events amongst themselves and the firm social events, while apparently less frequent, have been fun and a good way to meet others in the firm."First year trainee, London
"Due to the hours occasionally being quite long, I have not experienced much socialising with colleagues."Second year trainee, London
"In my experience the culture seem fairly formal with a clear hierarchy. That said, everyone from partners to secretaries is available to help you if you need it and is genuinely interested in your opinions. In terms of after-hours activities we have monthly drinks which are well attended and great fun. Next month we have the junior lawyers' dinner which is provided by the firm and is an opportunity for trainees and associates across different departments to get to know each other better. The trainees go out together almost every week and often make the effort to have lunch together."First year trainee, London
"Overall, the culture is very friendly and the amount of socialising varies between departments."First year trainee, London
"The nature of the office means that there is no sense of hierarchy. You can work alongside relatively junior associates or directly with partners depending on the nature and amount of work available. I feel very much part of a team because all of the lawyers work on a variety of deals and so everyone can work with nearly everyone else at some point."First year trainee, London
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