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Updated Jul 21, 2014
Covington & Burling – Washington – “Long Hall Covington & Burling (Photo thanks to…”

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3.4 16 reviews

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82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Smart, hardworking colleagues, interesting work

    Litigation Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAssociates 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.

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementSome bottom-up reviews might help improve management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    former senior associate

    Associate (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsSmart, classy, collegial lawyers. Serious commitment to pro bono with far reaching connections to get associates real, substantive assignments in their interest area. Family friendly for a biglaw firm. Some really excellent attorneys to work for and learn from. Cutting edge legal matters.

    ConsBonuses are below market. As all biglaw firms, some partners respect associates and are more invested in their careers than others. Not all groups are interested in bringing junior attorneys along. Not a lot of opportunity for advancement/partnership. Some partners are horrible, as anywhere.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great organization to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Prosexcellent team environment in Operations, easy to speak with management and ability for growth
    lovely offices, convenient location with DC office.
    great benefits and time off
    great facilities for staff
    lots of events for staff/non-lawyers (appreciation and moral events)

    Conslonger mat. leave would be beneficial

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Definitely not worth the salary or the long DC commute

    Legal Secretary (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery good salary; free fitness center in building, most of the staff - very nice people; onsite cafeteria; nice holiday party.

    ConsLegal secretaries are hired as "floaters" but end up being assigned rather soon after hire. You have no choice in where you are placed (even though you are told you don't have to stay at the desk you're assigned to if you don't want to) and it's usually a desk where no one else wants to sit. I was placed with 3 attorneys - immediately - two of which were very difficult personalities. It was an unpleasant situation and the treatment by one of the partners was not good at all. The attorneys who are the biggest money makers get away with treating secretaries poorly because they bring in the bucks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold your attorneys accountable for the way they treat staff and do something about it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    professional but very stiff

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFantastic benefits. Fair amount of resources availible to the adminitrative staff.

    ConsVery stiff environment. Attorneys and managers won’t even acknowledge you when you pass them in the hallway or waiting for the elevator.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very bright minds with a strong, ethical culture

    Associate (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsEvery partner I worked with at Covington was brilliant and took their work very seriously. Everyone seemed to be proud to be part of the firm.

    ConsPartnership prospects are quite low.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great law firm

    Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsReally smart, nice people and interesting work

    ConsIt's still a law firm...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Associate (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsCovington has some of the smartest lawyers I know. It's a very cerebral place and people are generally respectful, friendly, and pleasant to work with.

    ConsSome of the partners are more difficult to work with than others and the support staff lacks some of the skills and training that they should have. Despite the lack of face time requirement, there is some unspoken pressure to be available and in the office into the evening.

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    Good Summer Experience, Mind-Numbing Long Term Prospects

    Summer Associate (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsCompensation was top-notch for the greater DC area. Very smart peers, excellent clients, and friendly office support staff. Overall, a good experience.

    ConsCo-workers can be socially awkward and inept. Inability to hold basic conversations, obsession over work, etc... Overall, a good experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShrink the summer program and more carefully vet the candidates. Focus on iterative assignments rather than "one-shot" memo's. Overall a good experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's BigLaw But Never a Leader, Only a Follower

    Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLots of prestige, salary and bonus matching the top of the market, best-of-the-best minds, polite atmosphere, nice offices and pleasant associates.

    ConsLong, unpredictable hours, you can work hard your entire career and never see anything for it, polite atmosphere obscures real feedback about how your doing and ability to improve/change/move on as well as creating insincerity in some cases, boring work, people are bright but but not always interesting, good work begets more of the same.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo continue to recruit the best of the best, you must radically change the practice of law. Otherwise, you will eventually be left with those who are smart, but have no skills beyond raw analysis -- in other words, second tier humans. The most-needed changes are 1) replacement of the billable hour, 2) willingness to do whatever it takes to assure more predictable hours, including over-staffing, willingess to say "no" to clients from time to time, etc. and 3) outsourcing of dumb work to a second class of non-attorney workers, akin to analysts at investment banks.

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