At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1119 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.19. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 9888 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.

What They Do

We asked Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Orrick is one of the 50 largest corporate law firms in the world and a leader globally in providing legal and commercial advice to three sectors: tech, energy & infrastructure and finance.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: San Francisco, California US Sites: 11
Major Locations: New York, New York; Silicon Valley, California; Houston, Texas; Washington, District of Columbia; Los Angeles, California US Employees: 1,440
Employees Worldwide: 2,300 Corporate Structure: Partnership
Founded: 1863

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Perks and Programs

We asked Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Parental Leave: On Mother’s Day 2015, Orrick announced a parental leave program that is by far the most generous in the legal profession. Orrick provides 22 weeks paid leave and 9 months job protection to lawyers who are primary caregivers and 14 weeks paid leave and 7 months job protection to staff.
  • Student Loan Repayment and Refinancing Programs: Student Loan Refinance Program - Orrick knows that student loan debt can be a significant burden for our employees. Orrick provides a student loan refinancing program that offers Orrick employees access to SoFi student loan refinancing at lower rates than federal and/or private options and a $500 cash welcome bonus. In addition, in September 2016 Orrick became the first major law firm to offer Educational Loan Repayment Assistance Program. This innovative benefit helps first year lawyers get out of student loan debt faster so they can more quickly accomplish their personal goals and aspirations. First year associates are eligible to receive a $100 monthly payment towards the principal of their student loan. The payment is made directly to their student loan provider until they receive their first bonus.
  • $50,000 Innovation Prize: In 2014, Orrick announced the first Orrick Innovation Prize. The firm now offers a $50,000 prize annually for the Orrick team member – lawyer or staff – who comes up with the best idea to improve the firm. This results in countless valuable ideas and also signals the firm’s commitment to learning from all our employees and valuing their input. We believe that management does not have all of the answers and that those closest to the problem often have the best observations.
  • Health screenings: Orrick provides annual complimentary on-site health evaluations. These state-of-the-art blood tests detect up to 36 risk factors including: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, anemia, blood/bone/muscle disease, and certain types of cancer. The evaluations are more comprehensive than the blood panel doctors usually order during a preventive care visit and have made a real impact on the health of our people by providing health management outreach and services. Additionally, Orrick provided a $20 amazon gift card to all health screen participants.
  • Time off For Community Service: Through the Orrick Cares program, the firm supports our lawyers and staff in giving back to our communities through events and activities developed at the local level. In addition, the firm gives all staff members one work day each year to participate in community service activities.
  • Birthday Day Off: Orrick gives staff the day off on their birthday. This extra day off gives Orrick staff time with their family and friends and is a special way of conveying that Orrick cares about our people.
  • Critical Illness Benefit: In 2016 the firm added a Critical Illness benefit to support our team members and their families in the difficult situation of a critical illness diagnosis. Critical Illness insurance is similar to AD&D and provides a lump sum payment upon the diagnosis of a critical illness like heart attack, stroke or cancer.
  • Non-Elective Staff 401(k) Firm Contributions: Each January, the firm contributes 7.5% of a staff members eligible compensation directly to their individual Retirement Plan accounts.


50% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 2% of an employee's salary88% Company-paid health coverage for employees
74% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 88% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
22 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Hair salon
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Personal concierge service
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Convenience store
  • Banking
  • Subsidized public transportation
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31 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 23 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
21 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 13 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Telecommute option
  • Phased retirement planning


168 days Job-protected maternity leave90 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
20 days Job-protected paternity leave20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
20 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents20 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (at all locations)
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

8 hours Paid time off to volunteer $69,863 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


  • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 20 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

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How to Get Hired

We asked Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We value E.Q. as much as I.Q., so candidates with strong interpersonal skills, who have shown they have grit, tenacity and drive, and who thrive in team settings, are a fit for Orrick. 1.  Grit – determination, perseverance, tenacity, strength of character 2.  E.Q. – emotional intelligence, social skills, ability to build interpersonal relationships 3.  Teamplay – ability to work well with others, affinity for collaboration Individuals who possess these traits may demonstrate them in a variety of different ways – which is exactly what we want.  We seek candidates who inspire us with their diverse backgrounds and interests, and who bring interesting life experiences and perspectives to our firm.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Be memorable—in a good way.  Though the interview process might feel super stressful and competitive, try to find a way to be comfortable in the midst of the madness.  Be yourself and own your story.  Show yourself to be smart, dynamic and interested in the person or firm you’re talking with. Answer questions directly, tell a story that demonstrates a little grit and resilience, and don’t be afraid to drop in a bit of humor.  Ask questions that reflect your genuine curiosity about the person you are talking with or the law firm.  Leave them with a sense of what inspires you – in life, in school, at work - and you’ll be sure to make a good impression. Inspire us. Bring your “whole self” to the interview. Show us that you’re the type of person who makes everyone around you better.   

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We are growing and have identified legal hiring priorities in areas that support our focus on Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

We invite interested candidates to visit the careers section of our website to view openings, or to reach out directly to any of the hiring contacts listed there.  You can also follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to learn more about our firm, our people and our practices.

hiring Outlook

250 Job openings forecast for coming year 3% Job Growth
45 Average applicants per opening 12,031 Applications received
267 Positions filled in past year 20% New hires by employee referrals
105 New positions created 18 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 30 New graduates hired
9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 22% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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