Covington & Burling Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    Great mid sized law firm for staff positions

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience, great team

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    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)

    Pros

    Covington promotes a team atmosphere

    Cons

    Leadership and training are lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate

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    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.

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    Professional Staff Position

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are great and the pay is decent, but not great. It's also very conveniently located in downtown DC next to literally any metro line.

    Cons

    There is very little room for advancement for staff. The annual raises are pitiful, sometimes amounting to more of a cost-of-living adjustment. Staff departments are understaffed and under-resourced but have high expectations for performance. This is definitely the stingiest law firm in DC.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart, hardworking colleagues, interesting work

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Some bottom-up reviews might help improve management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Brilliant colleagues, awful management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest, most diligent and hard working people I've ever had the pleasure of working with are at this firm - for now. They are very good about promoting staff.

    Cons

    Peter Principle rules the day here. Many people who were great at their jobs have been promoted to management positions they can't handle. Top tier of management seems unaware and unconcerned about anything but money. Years are spent on projects that are never implemented, there is no support or leadership and salaries are among the worst in the area for the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to people in the trenches, not just the directors and find out what they're really doing all day. Listen to the sound of feet walking out the door. There's a reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    former senior associate

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Smart, 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.

    Cons

    Bonuses 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great organization to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    excellent 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)

    Cons

    longer mat. leave would be beneficial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Definitely not worth the salary or the long DC commute

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Legal 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hold your attorneys accountable for the way they treat staff and do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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