Davis Polk Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    The environment is highly intellectual, which makes it interesting to work in and the people employed by DPW are great to learn from. I find the cafeteria to be a plus (the breakfast is top-notch).

    Cons

    The hours can be quite long and unpredictable, but that's as expected, given the nature of the work. Sometimes the work/life balance is a bit difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Work Environment with Unpredictable hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Manager is fair and pleasant to talk to.

    Cons

    The hours can be taxing at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best employer ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Tiffanys of law firms

    Cons

    Wall Street hours year round

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting and challenging (in a good way)

    Current Employee - Corporate Legal Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility upon demonstrating skills

    Cons

    Can be very long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to foster the communication between senior associates and legal assistants

  6.  

    Awesome culture, great experience, friendly people, best place to work in NY Biglaw

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People treat you with respect and make a real effort to avoid needless late night and weekend work, firm morale is very high, consensus is that the firm is headed in the right direction and expanding strategically both from a practice area perspective and geographically. Vacation time is absolutely sacred and everyone takes all 4-5 weeks.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and very unpredictable, but this is the nature of the industry. Not a lot of firm-wide events, would be nice to have some more opportunities for social interaction with colleagues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best places to work in Big Law. But you're still working in biglaw.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Davis Polk is the people. People are (generally) kind and interested in getting the work done, not interested in embarrassing one another or being rude.

    Cons

    Because people are kind, they often fail to give good feedback for fear of being rude. Also, working in big law is crappy, no matter what firm you work at. Davis Polk is the best of a bad bunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't need my advice, the firm is very well run. Big law is probably in for a decline in the coming years but DPW management is very good and the firm will weather the decline better than most.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a great experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly professional and brilliant lawyers across the board. Don't think you'll find any other law firm with a deeper bench and that will give associates as much responsibility so early in their careers.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and communication about partnership prospects can be opaque.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work--nice people who work hard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are great. Everyone is exceptionally smart and dedicated to their work. Some might see big law firms as being terrifying places where everyone is out to make a buck and move up the ladder and, although that may be some peoples intention, everyone is a team-player and wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    I find that the firm's ability to train its' staff and incoming interns, associates, employees, etc on the technical programs and procedures of the company--which can be stifling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Basically the same as everywhere else.

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk

    Pros

    Very smart people; great work, but you will likely be doing reviews.

    Cons

    Too much politics, hard to advance, very stiff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above. Make it easier to move from group to group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great people, very business casual. not too political....great pay

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement.
    Not much room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all of your employess as equals. Some partners need to learn how to communicate with other staff members as they can be very rude.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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