Covington & Burling Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Great firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    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.


  2. Meh.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time

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

    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!


  3. Paralegal

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Covington & Burling

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

    Pros

    There is interesting work here

    Cons

    It is Hard to find mentors


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  5. A Large Firm like Any Other Large Firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covington & Burling

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  6. Failing Fast

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC

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

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

    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.


  7. good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covington & Burling

    Pros

    good working pay life style

    Cons

    not enough structure / management


  8. Great mid sized law firm for staff positions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Desktop & Network Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Desktop & Network Technician in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    flexibility, the firm promotes a good work life balance, really good benefits and pto allowances, good mid sized company - big enough to have solid infrastructure but small enough to be flexible and to get to play with the 'toys'

    Cons

    average salaries, but the benefits structure goes a long way to making up for it. the company prides itself on not having laid off staff and has great bonus scheme to reward performing workers.


  9. Great experience, great team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Covington promotes a team atmosphere

    Cons

    Leadership and training are lacking

    Advice to Management

    They used to offer classes for the secretaries, but not any more.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time

    Pros

    Professional, intelligent and respectful colleagues. Interesting and significant cases. Flexibility when hours are reasonable. Pay is in line with peer firms.

    Cons

    Staffing coordination at times results in associates being either overwhelmed or understaffed or given responsibilities that are not in line with interests or paygrade. Lack of transparency in many areas.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Smart, hardworking colleagues, interesting work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Litigation Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Associates who show interest and drive tend to get good experiences working on interesting and difficult questions. The culture of the firm is quite serious, thoughtful, respectful. I have made many good friends working at Covignton. Mentorship is available for those seeking it out.

    Cons

    As with most firms, partnership prospects are quite opaque until the bitter end, and few people will make partner. Some partners are quite difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Some bottom-up reviews might help improve management.



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