Cooley Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Case Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Assistant
    Current Employee - Case Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful team of people to work with, many learning and educational advancement opportunities. Onsite training is a huge plus

    Cons

    there tends to be a lot of down time in between jobs and you are still expected to meet your billable hours- this can be stressful if you don't have any projects to work on. But on the up side, this does give you the opportunity to work with other offices and on pro bono cases


  2. Pretty good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a staff member - Cooley has a lot of benefits for a big firm while still feeling like a small firm. Pretty generous gym reimbursement, in office socials, etc.

    Cons

    Promotion potential can be tricky because a lot of departments are leanly staffed. Sometimes people can feel overworked, but mostly they just find it hard to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Better succession planning for staff. Get rid of some of the dead weight in departments.


  3. Sr IT Operations Manager - West Region

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Operations Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Operations Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cooley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits with higher than other industry pay. Also a nice bonus program for staff. The firm is on sound financial ground and seems to be moving up. Culture of Cooley is rock solid.

    Cons

    Supporting attorneys is not for everyone. Can be a challenging and demanding environment and many IT staff are on call 7/24.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what they are doing. I enjoyed my time at Cooley and would definitely go back.


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  5. It's fine

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I am relatively will paid. The work I get can be interesting. It's a law firm gig, for good and for ill.

    Cons

    I just don't see what the long term plan is. The firm is gobbling up a bunch of smaller groups of lawyers but it all seems so haphazard.

    Advice to Management

    Help us understand what the goal is here other than just get bigger. Or if it is just "get bigger" above all else, just that that.


  6. Legal/executive assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very supportive management, ability to grow and enhance skills.

    Cons

    The only con is sometimes there is a hierarchy where attorneys are above staff instead of more of a team atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage attorneys to treat staff more equally, especially the first years.


  7. Great law firm

    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Collegial culture, great people; great location in SF

    Cons

    Demanding hours; bad work/life balance


  8. games

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool boss and paid lunches

    Cons

    Long hours and better pay

    Advice to Management

    More employees


  9. A good firm overall

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, interesting projects, and decent pay package.

    Cons

    It's difficult to advance career.


  10. Patent Prosecution Secretary

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GREAT PLACE TO WORK and there is no micromanagement.

    Cons

    Needs more patent prosecution training for those who have less than 5 years of IP knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more within the firm.


  11. Assistant's View

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly nice people, onsite cafe, office supplies, location, facilities and great IT staff (these guys really go out of their way to help you out). On a side note, I'm glad not to be part of IT, since they're only contacted when something goes awry. Outlook for the firm looks good. There were two layoffs a couple of years back, but work has been steady and busy for the most part. And unless you do something really dumb, chances are, you won't be fired (the first time around).

    Cons

    You work with attorneys. Some are nice, some are jerks and some intentionally go out of their way to demoralize you. Even the nice ones have their moments. They are all petty to some degree. Coming from two other law firms in SF, I can say that the upstairs/downstairs mentality is much less pronounced here. However, I feel that firm values are changing and Cooley may soon fall into the ranks of Wilson and the like. I know most associates. paralegals, and staff, myself included (obviously), feel under-appreciated and overworked. As a non-exempt employee, I find there is no benefit in working harder than my fellow assistants. Rewards are minimal best and pay seems to be solely based on seniority. No upward mobility, nor do they encourage promoting within, but it's a law firm so that's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management training or hire new management team. Most middle management seriously lack interpersonal skills which translates to poorly managed and unhappy staff. Mid-level associates and partners who parse out work should also be required to take some kind of management training. Yelling, blaming others, cursing, are not constructive ways of encouraging people to work harder or smarter nor does it play any role in training subordinates. There is a real disconnect between the partners and associates, and attorneys and staff. Mentorships and liaison positions should be voted upon, by the group that is being mentored or has recently been mentored. These positions should NOT be appointed by the managing partners, who are so at the top of the food pyramid that they are clueless as to the goings-on of lesser folk like me.



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