Cooley Godward Kronish
3.3 of 5 28 reviews
www.cooley.com Palo Alto, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Cooley Godward Kronish Reviews

Updated Jan 26, 2014

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55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Better than most law firms but far from perfect.

Professional (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExcellent vacation time which grows the longer you have been there. Most people are friendly. Environment is better than most other law firms.

ConsSlow to promote people. Managers have no desire to mentor employees. Management can be cutthroat. Each office seems to be run differently depending on the Partner in Charge of the office. Some administrative departments are unfairly compensated. Some people are fired over making one mistake while others that are lazy, poor performers are kept around.

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management has been making questionable choices recently. Seems as though they are hiring their friends who are not right for the task at hand. Think about compensating your non exempt staff more in their bonuses.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Smart People, but no "big" egos.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time

ProsThe work is interesting and you work for some big name clients. The firm tries hard to make sure that there are no "big" egos even though the people are all really smart and really good. Everyone works hard, including the partners, but the firm does not work their associates to death, like at other large firms. The Firm does not try to take itself too seriously. It is possible to keep a decent work/life balance

ConsI can't think of any.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Upstairs/Downstairs?

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish

ProsFirm still has solid 'high tech, emerging markets' reputation. Some business-oriented and business-savvy partners.

ConsThere's an 'upstairs, downstairs' mentality amongst many in the partnership - if you're not a partner then get below stairs to the sweatshop. There used to be a 'Cooley culture' espousing collaboration and 'we are one-firm' mentality. Not anymore.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the firm as if it were a business, not a high school football team.

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Let's talk turkey, legal staff!

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San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish

ProsNot too many extreme personalities among the attorneys. Has a reputation for quality legal work.

ConsSupport staff don't generally feel valued. Mid-level management is not professional. For example, HR people are not professionally trained. More needs to be done to establish teamwork, cooperation and respect between attorneys and staff. Firm needs to loosen up the purse strings and invest in higher-quality infrastructure and training. Huge Profit Per Partner ratio does not relate down to staff level. Staff salaries do not increase at anywhere near the rate of associate salaries, let alone partners.

Advice to Senior ManagementDemand more of your mid-level management in terms of qualifications and continued education in their fields. Encourage more communication and teamwork among the offices. Provide more training and educational opportunities for staff as well as attorneys. Look at your personal income compared to the lowest paid workers at your firm and ask yourself if you are part of the problem or the solution when it comes to widening class differences in the U.S.

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About the Same as Other Big Law

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I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish

ProsGood compensation; Good contacts with client companies for your in-house job after Cooley; some excellent partners, especially the most senior partners in the firm; many smart associates; excellent locations and ability to switch offices if needed; some lawyers in other departments are terrifically helpful

ConsPartnership chances are minimal; despite supposed emphasis on training, seemed to lack sustained training for associates or partners, with no emphasis on attending outside seminars if no CLE requirement in your state; younger partners in management seem more focused on hanging out with their buddies in the various offices than connecting with other partners or associates; the usual office politics

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter and ongoing training of attorneys at all levels. Younger partners in management need to learn from the senior partners.

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Its probably not better or worse than anywhere of comparable prestige in the area.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish

ProsMoney, nice office space, some quality colleagues

ConsLittle transparency in decision making on the part of management; indifferent supervisors

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is always room for improvement

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Typical Biglaw experience

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I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish

ProsStandard Biglaw salary, good benefits, and opportunities to learn from talented and accomplished colleagues who are also generally friendly. As one would expect, the salary is the biggest "pro."

ConsThe firm exists to make money, so work-life balance is not a part of the program. Reviews are based largely on quantity of work done (billing billing billing) rather than quality.

Advice to Senior ManagementLawyers are notoriously bad managers. Invest in some people-management training for partners.

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