Cooley Godward Kronish

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Cooley Godward Kronish Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    If You're Not a Partner -- Don't Work Here

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

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary; they will just about hire anyone

    Cons

    No advancement; in order to work on the better matters, you need to really kiss up to the senior partners. The associates and non-exempt staff are treatly horribly. The firm is so cheap that you can't get a writing tablet or a box of pens to work with. However, the partners line their pockets with gold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth around and stop lining your pockets with gold. Gross misappropriate of funds in this firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Miserable and corrupt firm don't waste your time

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    Former Employee - Perm Staff Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Perm Staff Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers - salary is better because they pay more in trying to get people to stay

    Cons

    Management discriminates against their employees; no advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach and do not discriminate against employees. The firm offers no real advancement and if an employee makes any complaint, they will find themselves out the door - this firm discriminates against its employees as well. You would think being a law firm that they would follow the law and be more ethical but they are not. They are arrogant to the point that they believe they are above the law.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work if you don't plan on using your skills.

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    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Current Employee - Paralegal

    I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish

    Pros

    Mostly friendly people. Good work location.

    Cons

    No career advancement. You spend all day everyday doing menial work. No sense in going to college to work here. Management only cares about attorneys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize your paralegal's skills or continue to lose good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Crazies, Cliques, and Kissing Ass

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    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Reston, VA

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for these weirdos are the location and salary.

    Cons

    If you want to take a trip back to high school and deal with cliques and kissing ass then this place is for you. The people are absolutely crazy. I've never worked somewhere like that before. I would avoid it at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say something but my mom always told me not to say anything if you can't say something nice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good firm if you work for the good partners

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great clients, great salary and benefits, can count pro bono as billable hours

    Cons

    Several partners are rude, condescending and refuse to mentor you or provide constructive criticism (rather they just yell or criticize). People won't hesitate to throw you under the bus to save themselves. Very much a boys club. Don't expect to have a life because you're expected to work all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on mentoring younger associates and provide more positive feedback and training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    unhappy associates, but high-quality work

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

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time

    Pros

    -the best partners are really extraordinary litigators, extremely tough people -- if you become a favorite, you can learn and advance fast
    -biglaw pay

    Cons

    -associates are almost uniformly miserable, many desperately so
    -the same partners who are the best lawyers are also abusive and horrible people
    -favoritism - huge differences in treatment of junior associates. if you don't get singled out for grooming early on, leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    If you aren't an attorney, this isn't a place to have a growing career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish

    Pros

    If you are looking for a job to just do your thing and leave at 5pm, this place is for you.

    Cons

    As some others have said, this place does discriminate. After being told I was getting a promotion, twice, it was given to someone else. After the second time that happened, I left for better opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being an "all boys" club and let some women in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience but no loyalty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish

    Pros

    Great corporate law experience and can develop as an attorney

    Cons

    Do not have a lot of loyalty towards employees in tough economic times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employees ... and try to protect them during tough economic times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Cooley is a great place to work although there is nothing that makes it stand out from other big firms IMHO. Congenial

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    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cooley has a congenial office culture. The people are professional, courteous and respectful. I have stayed in touch with many of my former colleagues.

    Cons

    The day to day experience is typical of other big law firms. There is a fair amount of overtime and sometimes weekend work. Given the firm's history, I think the biggest fear is the possibility of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope there will be no more major layoffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than most law firms but far from perfect.

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    Current Employee - Professional  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Professional in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent vacation time which grows the longer you have been there. Most people are friendly. Environment is better than most other law firms.

    Cons

    Slow to promote people. Managers have no desire to mentor employees. Management can be cutthroat. Each office seems to be run differently depending on the Partner in Charge of the office. Some administrative departments are unfairly compensated. Some people are fired over making one mistake while others that are lazy, poor performers are kept around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management has been making questionable choices recently. Seems as though they are hiring their friends who are not right for the task at hand. Think about compensating your non exempt staff more in their bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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