Covington & Burling Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Marketing Manager

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great firm culture. Very nice people.

    Cons

    I don't have any issue working at this firm. It is a great place to be.


  2. Positive place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Administration doesn't know what great resources they have in employees. Always overlooked.


  3. Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nicely-sized team of colleagues. The CMO is a bit odd but he is actually a pretty smart guy and runs a good ship.

    Cons

    Being a non-lawyer at a law firm is never ideal. Don't question the CMO - you'll lose.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in continuing training of your marketing team. Don't rely on just the CMO - obtain more feedback from others to improve how the department runs.


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  5. Big law

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The work was interesting and intellectually challenging. Many of my colleagues were wonderful people that have become good friends.

    Cons

    The management is more interested in the bottom line than in helping young attorneys progress. As a senior associate, I found I was losing work opportunities to young partners who were being groomed to take over my practice group, and then being blamed for not taking on leadership responsibilities. There was no way to win, which is why I left.


  6. Paralegal

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting work, incredibly bright attorneys

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours; paralegals have little say in which types of cases they can work on

    Advice to Management

    More training for paralegals


  7. Great firm

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As far as working in Biglaw goes, Covington is probably pretty close to as good as it gets. Yes, it can be demanding, but that goes with the territory. But it remains a fairly civilized place with great work, largely decent people, and fair comp practices.

    Cons

    Most of the cons would be those relating to life in big law firms generally -- hours can be tough (and unpredictable), and your personal experience may vary depending on who you're working with,

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps be a big more open-minded about allowing younger associates to pursue business opportunities themselves. There's definitely a bias to the existing practice areas -- life sciences, private equity, patent litigation -- and probably less interest in moving into other areas. But the best associates and ultimately partners are the ones who spot opportunities in new areas and pursue them.


  8. Meh.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, easy work.

    Cons

    Stiff corporate culture, cliquey colleagues who look you up and down, insufferable attorneys, roundabout process to take time off.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up!


  9. Paralegal

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is interesting work here

    Cons

    It is Hard to find mentors


  10. A Large Firm like Any Other Large Firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    80% of folks, at least, seem genuine, and show appreciation for the work that you do. At times, people will actually want to include you.

    Cons

    Your advocates are only advocates as far as the bottom line; if advantage there is an advantage in your job loss, start looking. It is also easy to become isolated, which is problems, especially, if you are clearly different in some way.

    Advice to Management

    When interviewing, focus more on the fit. Advocate openness, trust, and offer more exercises in team building; inclusion is a symptom. Control middle management. Diversity is empty rhetoric, if everyone thinks the same.


  11. Failing Fast

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Once upon a not too distant time, Covington was one of the best firms to work for. They offered standard salaries, but good benefits, a collegial environment, professional respect, great promotion opportunities, generous bonus structure and solid job security. They still have good benefits and slightly below standard salaries.

    Cons

    Morale has fallen to an all-time low. The headquarters move is an expensive mistake. Firm culture has shifted to the wrong side of mean. Abuse and anger are a way of life. The firm has become cheap, cheap, cheap. If things continue like this, they should consider renaming the firm "Titanic."

    Advice to Management

    Cut off the head of the snake.



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