Davis Polk Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Davis Polk Managing Partner Thomas J. Reid
Thomas J. Reid
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Pros
  • Very smart people working here and doing work for huge companies -- stuff you read about in WSJ or NYT (in 4 reviews)

  • The people here so really great and push one another to be the best (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, not much opportunities for juniors (in 7 reviews)

  • work-life balance is not very good (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Senior Associate

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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 full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Davis Polk is a great place to work. The people are very nice people and expectations are generally reasonable. Good high quality work.

    Cons

    It is difficult to become partner or counsel and there is little insight given in to your changes of doing so. Best of luck to you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You have built a great firm. More experience for junior associates is highly advisable so please do so.


  2. Associate

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, cutting edge work, vacation respected.

    Cons

    Long hours with some face time depending on the partner.


  3. Biglaw is Biglaw

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are friendly, office is nice, support staff are helpful, resources are amazing.

    Cons

    Biglaw is biglaw; the firm owns you, and while they're nice about it, don't expect clear boundaries between your time and theirs.

    Advice to Management

    Law needs to find a way to treat its lawyers like people with needs for independent, non-work time on a more regular basis than four weeks of vacation a year.


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  5. Associate

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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 (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The reputation for a collegiate work environment and rewarding, cutting edge work is well deserved. DPW is also becoming a leader in compensation.

    Cons

    In the litigation department, slim to no long term advancement opportunities; no transparency or guidance as to promotion decisions


  6. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  7. Great Work Environment with Unpredictable hours

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Manager is fair and pleasant to talk to.

    Cons

    The hours can be taxing at times.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  8. Best employer ever

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    The Tiffanys of law firms

    Cons

    Wall Street hours year round


  9. 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 Management

    Continue to foster the communication between senior associates and legal assistants


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

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

    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.


  11. It was a great experience!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

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

    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.



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