Cooley Reviews

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  1. Good law firm

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

    I have been working at Cooley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and with good pay

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen

    Advice to Management

    More training/mentoring for staff/managers

  2. Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cooley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, friendly atmosphere and wonderful management

    Cons

    No cons for Cooley

    Advice to Management

    Great management

  3. Cooley review

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    Former Employee - Senior BIS Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior BIS Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Cooley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Cooley are very professional. They are intelligent, almost a shoe in for every possible position. But best of all, there is a friendly atmosphere within the office unlike any other firm I had the pleasure of working for.

    Cons

    What can I say? There aren't too many negative things to say about an organization the thrives in excellence. I would have to pass on any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Have a nice day!

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  5. Corporate law

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    collaborative culture. flexible work environment.

    Cons

    round the clock work, the standard 8-5pm shift seems to be non-existent

  6. Friendly firm with smart and supportive colleagues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, including pro bono matters; partners generally mentor and seem to care; firm values its culture; benefits are generally competitive with other big firms

    Cons

    It's a big firm with billable hours so work-life balance is not always attainable

  7. Helpful (1)

    Cooley's culture and its people make it stand out as a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cooley strives to create a strong office culture, as well as an overall firm culture. There were social events, announcements about peoples' and teams' personal and professional achievements. Doors are open for you to pop in and ask questions. The promotion criteria was clearly laid out and transparent. Compensation increased regularly. My manager was very attentive to my concerns and was truly an ally.

    Cons

    The work-life balance depends on your group, their case load, and the partner's managing style. I worked with a particularly busy team for a micro-managing partner. She had high expectations, but she also recognized good work, rewarding it with more responsibility.

  8. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    I hope there will be no more major layoffs.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay and treatment of staff

    Cons

    lack of work could be an issue moving forward

  10. An exceptional place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work; great opportunities to work with exciting new companies; less politics than at other firms

    Cons

    demanding clients; long hours; sometimes can lack supervision

  11. Helpful (1)

    Better than most law firms but far from perfect.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Professional in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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