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huge priority and people often leave early, come in late, or work from home to accommodate their personal schedules. Work seems to be evenly distributed. Our work assignment coordinators help distribute case assignments and serve as resources when we get conflicting assignments, need more work, or are working too much.” • “1900 is the stated minimum hours for bonus eligibility but 2000 is the known, unspoken standard. Those who hit the 1900 minimum but not the 2000 standard may not receive a full bonus.” • “I have an appropriate amount of work, with the occasional overly burdensome week due to court deadline demands. Face-time is far from a requirement here. The focus is on producing excellent, timely work product, no matter where it is completed. Our assignment system is effective at managing and distributing work rather equitably.” Compensation • “The firm matches the market, which is great. They are not at all transparent about bonuses.” • “I am completely satisfied with my personal compensation, but it can be hit or miss. The firm’s compensation system is a black box, and this generates a lot of dissent and morale problems. The firm apparently recognized the problem, and
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381 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP this year, it essentially gave market bonuses if you had your hours. Hopefully the firm is moving in this direction.” • “I am satisfied with my compensation, the billable hour requirement is doable and allowed for a bonus, which I received and was happy with. The bonus did lag behind some of my colleagues at other similar firms.” • “The compensation is merit-based, although there is still a 1900 minimum to be bonus-eligible.” Quality of Work • “Substantive work is a given even at the most junior levels. There is a strong culture of associate-to-associate mentorship that makes this possible.” • “All work I perform is appropriate for my level and any work that is less intense, I am expected to delegate to a junior associate or an individual within the firm specifically trained on the given task (e.g., spreadsheets to a data analyst, document review to someone else).” • “I think my work is generally appropriate for my level, although I sometimes do work that could be handled by someone more junior to me simply because of lack of resources. On the flip side, I also have done a few assignments that were a stretch for my current skill level, which I appreciate.” • “We generally get real, substantive work experience right off the bat. Morgan Lewis is not hiring you just to have another body on hand—they want you to come in and fill a need, and the quicker they can train you to provide value to clients, the better.” Training & Mentoring • “The firm provides monthly training sessions for attorneys that cover a variety of topics. The firm also provides for one partner mentor, an associate buddy, and a mentoring group to help associates address concerns and solicit advice from senior staff.”
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