Cooley Godward Kronish

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Cooley Godward Kronish Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
32 Reviews
3.8
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Amazing place to work... where the words Work Family actually make sense!

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. You are never made to feel like you're less than competent simply because you don't know how to do something. Questions are answered with genuine desire to help and inform. Open communication is a very real thing at Cooley. Various fun-filled work events are held often.

    Cons

    None so far that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue open communication between staff and attorneys. It feels great to feel like part of the team!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Smart People, but no "big" egos.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time

    Pros

    The work is interesting and you work for some big name clients. The firm tries hard to make sure that there are no "big" egos even though the people are all really smart and really good. Everyone works hard, including the partners, but the firm does not work their associates to death, like at other large firms. The Firm does not try to take itself too seriously. It is possible to keep a decent work/life balance

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fast paced work with smart people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with lots of very smart people with very exciting clients in the high tech sector.

    Cons

    Work is very fast paced and people can be very demanding. Also, the firm seems pretty cheap a lot of the time. For example, bonuses tend to be at or below market and things like IT infrastructure seems inadequate and/or slow. Work style varies a lot based on who you managed by.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Good people

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

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time

    Pros

    Good people, highly respected firm, opens doors to interesting law careers. The work can be interesting but can also be boring, just depends. Some interesting tech clients. Good out of office culture.

    Cons

    Having to bill in 6 minute increments is a fact of life in big law firms. Bummer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    Great company to work for. Always felt like one big family.

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    Former Employee - Web Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Web Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nationwide firm, excellent benefits, fantastic salary.

    Cons

    No real cons to report. This was a great company to work for, before the Kronish merger, so hopefully not much has changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the vision and values from the Cooley Godward days!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    BigLaw with Big Class and Big Clients

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patent Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Patent Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cooley Godward Kronish full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, both large, successful clients and emerging industries and startups. Loved the people I worked with, and the lavish environment.

    Cons

    Tends to be a bit bureaucratic and snobbish sometimes, and my admin manager was watching the clock too much as opposed to paying attention to the quality of work being done by professional and paraprofessional staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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