Cadwalader Wickersham Reviews

Updated June 26, 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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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  2. Look out for all employees, not just senior partners

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had a competitive salary, great benefits, and ample paid time off. I met some very kind and brilliant people and strengthened my skills set. The firm is well known in the area and looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Being available for some overtime does not mean being expected to be at your partner's beck and call at any hour of the day. Work/life balance was terrible. Office politics were equally terrible. In the end, the trust I had given the firm was shattered.

    Advice to Management

    TREAT YOUR SUPPORT STAFF BETTER. Your lives are easier because administrative staff (ie- paralegals, legal secretaries) are there to help you, cross all your t's, and dot all your i's. Treating them like they are expendable, and then laying off a bunch of them because you believe they're expendable, is a recipe for failure. Senior partners, while they often make the most money for the firm, will not guarantee the firm's survival in 10 years. Your associates and junior partners, however, have that ability. Taking their support staff away is a terrible, terrible idea. That may be part of the reason why you're losing junior level attorneys by the handful...


  3. struggle to find footing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham (More than a year)

    Pros

    White shoe, Old business line.

    Cons

    Lacking clear leadership, poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Greater transparency better focus on core practice groups.


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  5. Admin Staff Stay Far...Far...Far away from this Firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    25 PTO days which is above the norm for time off Steady Business Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Unable to use PTO due to low staff count and endless project/tasks Work/Life quality is horrible - expect to work at least 60-70 hours a week (especially in IT) Lack of training and mentorship Managers play favorites Poor Partner leadership (no clear direction for the firm) Poor communication Partnership expects staff and management to do more with less (combining job reasonability) Doing the work of 4 people with a salary of 1 Layoffs are sudden Yearly reviews don't matter much, all staff members will receive a 2% increase every year Yearly bonuses is a 250 dollar American express gift card

    Advice to Management

    Don't be cheap! Invest into your company / Firm - Its your business, nurture it and plan for growth. Don't just try to squeeze every last penny from the business. Senior partners / managers need to have a vision. Currently the firm as a whole is lacking in this department. Stronger Partner Leadership. Each office / group governs themselves. No clear centralized model Need to provide better raises and bonuses. Other firms are providing more then 2% increases. Provide yearly bonuses for those that go above and beyond for the firm. Hire more staff Invest in your technology - Do not use second or third rated equipment vendors (example. Brocade network switches instead of Cisco) And last and final advice - Get over the Profits Per Partner the firm use to make prior to the recession. Those days are over. Need to reinvest in your Associates, Junior partners, Staff. Need to reinvest in infrastructure and security etc...


  6. Paralegal

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Depressing big law firm

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Decent big-law work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Lawyer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Lawyer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. good training

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Decent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay, location, complexity, prestige, white shoe

    Cons

    Hours, hierarchy, white shoe, hours



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