Davis Polk
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www.davispolk.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Davis Polk Managing Partner Thomas J. Reid

Thomas J. Reid

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89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Best employer ever

    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe Tiffanys of law firms

    ConsWall Street hours year round

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

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    Interesting and challenging (in a good way)

    Corporate Legal Assistant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGiven a lot of responsibility upon demonstrating skills

    ConsCan be very long hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to foster the communication between senior associates and legal assistants

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

    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPeople 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.

    ConsHours 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.

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

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

    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsBecause 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a great experience!

    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsHighly 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work--nice people who work hard

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsI 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.

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

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    Basically the same as everywhere else.

    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsToo much politics, hard to advance, very stiff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee above. Make it easier to move from group to group.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsLack of career advancement.
    Not much room for growth.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Legal Assistant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDPW is a great place to start if you are trying to break into legal services. The responsibilities are wide and varied and you will learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry. They offer continuous training to help keep skills sharp and really believe in work/life balance although this varies widely among departments. The firm has phenomenal benefits especially regarding PTO. Definitely negotiate your salary upfront because once you are hired the pay increases are dismal. It is also very difficult to get fired if you are support staff so don't worry about making mistakes.

    ConsNO bonus! Small pay increases. It is extremely difficult to get promoted. A lot of senior managers have been with the firm since the dawn of time and you have to wait for them to retire before getting promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDPW needs to be more of a meritocracy if it wants to keep and retain top talent. It is self-defeating to go above and beyond or try to be innovative if you know you will be stuck in the same position indefinitely.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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