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Cleary Gottlieb Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
58 Reviews
2.8
58 Reviews
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Cleary Gottlieb Managing Partner Mark Leddy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (I'm thinking about you, free Equinox membership) (in 5 reviews)

  • Cleary is a great firm to work for, if you want to work for a firm (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Long Hours That Are Sometimes Unpredictable (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-Personal Life balance (as in any law firm) (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Temp Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    Great place to get experience

    Cons

    No employee appreciation especially in accounting dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Awful

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

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb

    Pros

    IT is a job so atleast I am employed

    Cons

    Too many to list, but the management from the partners to the middle management is just awful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please improve morale here. The admin staff morale is in the toilet. The firm management doesnt seem to care about the little people here at the firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Never regret leaving this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    benefits, some coworkers, nothing else

    Cons

    management is control freak. so many competent employees/managers are fired to boost bottom line and bonus pocketed to the upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Quirky and Brilliant

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

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

    Pros

    High quality work, great people, most humane biglaw firm in NYC and fabulous early opportunities for real responsibility.

    Cons

    It is biglaw. Increasingly focused on cost-cutting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more love to the staff and associates. Nickel and diming is ridiculous given the hourly rates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The only law firm I'd consider working at

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no face time requirements. Salary and bonus structure is transparent. Lots of interesting work and quirky and diverse people (a least relative to other big law firms). Obviously excellent compensation and perks. Easy to transfer to an overseas office. Many lawyers are sincerely interested in pro bono and non-profit work.

    Cons

    No one helps manage the absurd and sometime impossible level of work that is thrust upon you. Partners and senior associates are pretty passive aggressive, so being direct about difficulty you are having doesn't really help your case. You will certainly work most nights and weekends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    not a happy place for administrative staff

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

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn law and legal technology

    Cons

    Atmosphere created by frequent layoffs and horrible administrative management is one of fear and mistrust. Staff salaries, never particularly high, have stagnated for years while firm is pulling in big bucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth. Treat everyone with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recommended for support staff roles

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

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    When I started there many years ago it was a good place to work. But if you look at the rating trends here on Glassdoor you'll notice employees have become dissatisfied, which is no exaggeration. The office culture has changed, there is very high turnover, and employee morale is low. The positives are that the cafeteria and cafe are great and pay overall is good. In addition, you'll meet some interesting people.

    Cons

    As another reviewer said, management is cold as ice. They only care about their lawyers and do not respect the professional staff. There have been very stealthy layoffs and reorganizations in the past years, causing a drop in morale for all employees. There is no transparency. For professional staff there are little to no opportunities for growth. Many of my colleagues in different departments have terrible managers. Cleary has a large number of employees who have been with the firm for decades, and while at first I thought that was a good sign, in my time here I have come to realize that it has solidified unfavorable work styles for many managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show professional staff that you care. Be honest about reorganizations. Increase the opportunities for professional development for staff. Provide better management training to your employees. Increase transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    tumultuous, unrewarding, and frustrating day-to-day work environment.

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    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good brand name, decent work hours, friendly (yet frustrated) younger employees.

    Cons

    Tumultuous work environment, lack of interest from partners in leadership positions, incompetent manager, and no professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually try to fix the problems within the department instead of marginally increasing everyones pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going Down The Tubes

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    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice Offices. They'll spend money on that!

    Cons

    Treat people like toilet paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why bother? People like this never listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great firm!

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

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Collegiate culture, smart and motivated colleagues

    Cons

    Hours can be very long

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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