Cadwalader Wickersham Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
23 Reviews

3.6
23 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was a summer intern.

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

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

    Pros

    Good location, nice people, good salary

    Cons

    Overtime hours for full-time workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great for a beginner to get foot in the door

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    Former Employee - Floating Secretary  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Floating Secretary in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The Company has a great location and most people are friendly. The Company provides great benefits.

    Cons

    If you have experience as a legal assistant don't expect to put your skills to use here. The attorneys are mostly self-sufficient and Legal Secretaries here hardly receive any work. LITERALLY I was bored to death and watched Netflix 90% of the time. There is no room for advancement, and weekly overtime is given to a small pool of secretaries for no other reason then they are friends with the secretarial services manager. It is truly a shame that they don't give other employees a chance for overtime. Most of the secretaries there or hired have 0 legal background. So if you don't care about traveling to work to do mostly nothing or super light administrative tasks. If you want to have a great firm on your resume and move forward in two years, then this is a great place for you. If you want to use your brain, then I suggest you RUN.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They give "training" (quotes used for a good reason)... The only comment I can say is that if there is an issue, management would not tell you. Supposedly, there was an "issue" with me (though I never encountered any conflicts with anyone or had any instances of an attorney criticizing my work), and management only told me about it the day I was laid off. Note: I wasn't laid off because of these "issues", but for other reasons. Upon my lay off, the management told me that apparently "someone" had an issue with me and refused to give me an explanation of what that issue was. I wonder, how could someone improve on their "issues" if they are not made clear what they are? smh! The management seems to be a little bi-polar. I never received any criticism and all my reviews were good. In January 2013, I didn't even get a review and she told me upon my lay off that she was postponing my review tell later on... Again, how could someone improve, if they don't know what's wrong?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great firm. Top notch experience.

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

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The firm is a market leader in securitization.

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours. Extremely tough to make partner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not a bad place for work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits and salary. People are nice and friendly for the most part (except for HR - they are snobs and have attitude). Great location and views are relaxing if you're having a stressful day.

    Cons

    If you're not an attorney salary comes to standstill you either kill yourself through overtime or you move on. There's not much of an acknowledgement for hard work done, but will be reprimanded almost immediately if you screw up once or twice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to appreciate the hard workers on the firm and show a little more appreciation to staff and not the attorneys. Remember staff is he backbone of that place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An HR Department rotting from inside out.

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    Current Employee - Staff  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are high salary ($50,000-$60,000 for legal secretary positions), on site gym and showers, occasional free lunches from partner meetings, 30 minute or less commute (differ person to person of course) and the career benefit of working for a "top firm". Be ready to make lots of money here with minimal work load but deal with a constant uphill battle with HR.

    Cons

    Non transparency and politics within the office, e.g., HR is very not helpful. The cronies at HR will tell you to trust them and explain your side of the story, but they will always side with the partners in the end. They say, "nothing personal" but it is about taking sides, and that is very apparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Note to HR: Acknowledge that you are feeding the egos of these partners, and that just because they bring in business, does not give them the right to mistreat, disrespect and cross lines with junior staff. You are only perpetuating the problem and making the firm an uncomfortable and highly undesirable place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Typical large New York law firm.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits for attorneys.

    Cons

    Unpredictable workloads, high pressure, and difficult to navigate if you don't have goals of becoming a partner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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