Cleary Gottlieb Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
65 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful

    not a happy place for administrative staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Going Down The Tubes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Attorney, 1st-Year in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Attorney, 1st-Year in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb as an intern (more than a 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
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Great firm!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Collegiate culture, smart and motivated colleagues

    Cons

    Hours can be very long

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    They pay you well to forget you are a human being.

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart, very professional people; some people were fantastic to work with. Pro-bono and volunteer opportunities. Great brand name. Get to work on big-name cases. Great paycheck and benefits, ok perks.

    Cons

    Insane working hours, rude attorneys and partners, no sense of work ownership, largely grunt work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your human capital better and maybe more of us would stay. Train your attorneys to work better with non-attorneys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful

    Was a very good place to work for. Now it's terrible.

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

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cleary was once a great place to work and I've been there many years. Now, they have too many attorneys and they are trying to save costs by driving long term employees out by any means possible.

    Cons

    They no longer have any respect for the employee. You can be written up at the drop of a hat. They move you around on any whim and deny you vacation/personal time when you need it. Upper management is as cold as ice and there have been layoffs despite their lies to the contrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show a little respect. If you have to do layoffs, then just do them and don't try to avoid bad publicity. It is cowardly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great stable company to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    Stable environment, no major layoffs

    Cons

    Obviously long hours and managers can be hit or miss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paralegal management needs attention

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Firm

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

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb

    Pros

    Smart, Engaging, Dedicated Lawyers Who Really Love Legal Practice

    Cons

    Long Hours That Are Sometimes Unpredictable

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. a quirky firm

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

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb

    Pros

    top notch work, international clients.

    Cons

    tough hours and sometimes uneven workloads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it's very well run

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Cleary served its purpose....for the time I was there.

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

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and good benefits at first....benefits and overtime rates reduced over the years. Nice friendships formed. Great parties and food, nice memories.

    Cons

    Preferential treatment, politics top down, inflexibility, frosty attitudes amongst peers and management, big brother IS watching...everything!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep putting the bottom line over employee satisfaction and you may end up as your 'cousin' firm Dewey Ballantine did...take heed.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Cleary Gottlieb Photos

One Liberty Plaza

+ Add Photo

Work at Cleary Gottlieb? Share Your Experiences

Cleary Gottlieb

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.