Cadwalader Wickersham Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. You get a lot of responsibilities quickly, but it is a challenge to have a life

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good compensation, high-profile clients and good people in the office

    Cons

    long hours, high turn-over rate, no systematic training

  2. Paralegal

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Professional, smart people, hardworking, great facilities, great support staff. Great vacation time, but difficult for everyone to use days.

    Cons

    Typical white shoe law firm politics. Could foster more camaraderie/office culture. Difficult to deal with partners sometimes, but that is expected.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication from upper management. Better office culture. More activities for people to meet across departments.

  3. Down time and good benefits but poor bonuses and stingy higher ups

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people are nice, great views, lots of down time depending on who you work for, low pressure/low oversight, upstairs dining area, generous vacation time and benefits

    Cons

    Nepotism, managers play favorites and may try to screw you if they don't like you, the gym costs too much (even by attorney standards), bonuses are lackluster or nonexistent (a gift card) - it is pathetic and filthy embarrassing when compared to other law firms despite the rebound after recession and constant reports that the firm is 'doing well' which is insulting to intelligence, dead end job

    Advice to Management

    I don't think the word 'bonus' means what they think it means.

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  5. Depressing big law firm

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

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There wasn't much to like.

    Cons

    Lack of training and mentorship. Lack of diversity and community.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people, not like replaceable cogs in a wheel.

  6. Decent big-law work environment

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

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    High quality work with fantastic support services and facilities.

    Cons

    Some difficult personalities (in every department). Partnership is not a realistic goal for many associates.

  7. good training

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

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very smart people, nice offices, good support staff, great compensation, nice coffee, some people are nice

    Cons

    many senior people are nasty, no transparency, very hard to advance as a woman, crazy hours, partner used to ask me to come in on weekends so I could help him work on his book, etc.

  8. Decent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham

    Pros

    Pay, location, complexity, prestige, white shoe

    Cons

    Hours, hierarchy, white shoe, hours

  9. Helpful (1)

    I was a summer intern.

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    Former Intern - Summer Paralegal Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Summer Paralegal Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good location, nice people, good salary

    Cons

    Overtime hours for full-time workers

  10. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work; good salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

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

    Pros

    Beautiful office, nice co-workers, and many transportation options to get to work. Salary is also very good to excellent. Bonuses are in-line with market.

    Cons

    You will be working long hours at times. Work itself can be very challenging. It's also far from most other law firms that are located closer to Midtown.

  11. Work culture is very strenuous and demanding, but offers a lot of opportunity for overtime.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Associates and partners are very intelligent. Frequent long hours means lots of opportunities to make overtime.

    Cons

    As a paralegal, very little room for professional growth unless you go to law school. Expect to frequently work long hours and occasional weekends. Some associates and partners can be difficult to work with. Pay raises were 2% annually, less than the rate of inflation which means your salary is technically decreasing each year.

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