Cooley Reviews

Updated June 7, 2015
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  1. A good firm overall

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at Cooley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, interesting projects, and decent pay package.

    Cons

    It's difficult to advance career.


  2. Patent Prosecution Secretary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Cooley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GREAT PLACE TO WORK and there is no micromanagement.

    Cons

    Needs more patent prosecution training for those who have less than 5 years of IP knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more within the firm.


  3. Good law firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Cooley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and with good pay

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen

    Advice to Management

    More training/mentoring for staff/managers


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  5. Corporate law

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    collaborative culture. flexible work environment.

    Cons

    round the clock work, the standard 8-5pm shift seems to be non-existent


  6. Friendly firm with smart and supportive colleagues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, including pro bono matters; partners generally mentor and seem to care; firm values its culture; benefits are generally competitive with other big firms

    Cons

    It's a big firm with billable hours so work-life balance is not always attainable


  7. Very professional firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Patent Scientist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Cooley full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They offer high salaries with experience.

    Cons

    They are a very fast-paced company often not focused on needs of new employees.


  8. Cooley is a great place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cooley respects their employees and cares about their professional development. While each office is a bit different, the firm as a whole is a collegial place to work and the firm tries it best to promote a sense of team at all levels.

    Cons

    From my individual experience, there are none worth noting

    Advice to Management

    None worth noting


  9. Fast paced work with smart people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with lots of very smart people with very exciting clients in the high tech sector.

    Cons

    Work is very fast paced and people can be very demanding. Also, the firm seems pretty cheap a lot of the time. For example, bonuses tend to be at or below market and things like IT infrastructure seems inadequate and/or slow. Work style varies a lot based on who you managed by.


  10. BigLaw with Big Class and Big Clients

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patent Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Patent Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cooley full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, both large, successful clients and emerging industries and startups. Loved the people I worked with, and the lavish environment.

    Cons

    Tends to be a bit bureaucratic and snobbish sometimes, and my admin manager was watching the clock too much as opposed to paying attention to the quality of work being done by professional and paraprofessional staff.


  11. Solid firm for tech law

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year in Washington, DC

    I worked at Cooley

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CGK provides excellent opportunities to work on very interesting technology law issues, along with related subject matter areas. It has a self-described "Cooley culture" that allows you to set your own work/life balance.

    Cons

    It can be a "who you know" not "what you know" kind of place at times. If you are not part of the inner circle, you may not get the good deals to work on or the opportunities for advancement that other may get.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be a firm that focuses on the person rather than the bottom line and in so doing don't lose sight of each member of the Cooley team.



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