Cadwalader Wickersham Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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)

    Pros

    There wasn't much to like.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    Pros

    Good location, nice people, good salary

    Cons

    Overtime hours for full-time workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Work culture is very strenuous and demanding, but offers a lot of opportunity for overtime.

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility at mid to senior level. Partners who care about your career. Ability to deal with clients and cultivate relationships. Good salary and benefits. Mostly friendly group.

    Cons

    If you want to succeed, hours are intense.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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