Cleary Gottlieb Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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Pros
  • If you're interested in big law, Cleary is still one of the best places to work (in 3 reviews)

  • Good brand name, decent work hours, friendly (yet frustrated) younger employees (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours are expected with manipulation to take away overtime pay (in 7 reviews)

  • People in senior management can be very rude and tend to be cold as ice (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Excellent firm to start legal career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb

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

    Pros

    benefits, awesome PTO, very good managers, cafeteria, location, technology is up to date (outlook, computers ect.), innovative firm, top 10 law firm, great international presence

    Cons

    very difficult to advance, hight turn over, doesn't hire from within nearly as much as it should, work/life balance can be a tough

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within more! and create unique roles if you want to keep someone from leaving!


  2. Don

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb

    Pros

    Good work life balance and friendly people

    Cons

    No room for growth and segregation between lawyers and staff


  3. Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

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

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with.

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable hours. Can get lost in such a big firm.

    Advice to Management

    Consider rethinking the way work gets assigned.


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  5. Professional Staff, 3+ years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cleary was a great place to start my career. I was assigned significant work from the start, with the opportunity to shift into more challenging projects as I settled in. Throughout that time, I felt attorneys and staff were patient and supportive. There was generous PTO time, occasional luncheons where senior firm leaders provided educational and entertaining discussions, and wonderful IT support.

    Cons

    Office restructuring was done in way which wasn't considerate of non-legal staff. Morale was low among support staff at the time of my departure.


  6. Corporate Paralegal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    1) Fair pay 2) Management assigns work based on talents and work preferences 3) Friendly and intelligent coworkers 4) Great work infrastructure

    Cons

    1) Long hours 2) Stressful, high-pressure, tight deadlines 3) Work is not spread out over time. Periods of downtime are interspersed with periods of high work intensity 4) Not enough emphasis put on employee development

    Advice to Management

    Seek to find ways to spread out workloads more evenly. Seek out ways to develop employ talents.


  7. Client Accounting Coordinator Position Review

    Current Employee - Client Accounting Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Accounting Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good starting salary coming out of college; great benefits (health, 401K etc.); tuition reimbursement offered; volunteer opportunities; opportunities to enhance skills through different classes offered (i.e. advanced Excel course, Business Spanish class); function of position is simple

    Cons

    Functions of the position not challenging enough; mundane, tedious tasks; over-time required; often not respected by Partners or those in legal positions; no real growth in this department


  8. Top notch firm for Contract/Project Attorneys

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Excellent at retaining and maintaining institutional knowledge -Respectful to contract attorneys and well organized to integrate them with existing teams

    Cons

    -Almost regimented to a fault, making it difficult to incorporate some ideas or to allow flexibility in rare circumstances


  9. Awesome Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Support Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company very nice people great benefits advancement opportunities international travel good company holiday patties

    Cons

    None that i could think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. professional staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Library in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Library in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Cleary is very supportive of minorities of genders and race. It likes it's reputation of being quirky

    Cons

    The divide between the lawyers and the professional staff is too great. Management is not supportive. No review of managers.


  11. Better than nothing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A paycheck and a good cafeteria with friendly staff

    Cons

    It's a hamster wheel with no opportunity of promotion or expectation of mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Get to that doc review center every now and then and listen to your employees.



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