Cravath Swaine
3.5 of 5 21 reviews
www.cravath.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Cravath Swaine Reviews

Updated Mar 16, 2014

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88% Approve of the CEO

Cravath Swaine Presiding Partner Evan R. Chesler

Evan R. Chesler

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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An amazing company to work for

Records Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Cravath Swaine as an intern for less than a year

ProsThey seem to only hire friendly people who have a passion for coming to work everyday; the cafeteria food is top-notch and cheap for NYC; events planned throughout the year show they care about their employees.

ConsThe dress code for non-lawyers is a bit much, but understandable to maintain the image of the firm.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing.

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

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Intellectually stimulating, but too high school-like

Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPremier white shoe firm that attract the most intriguing and complex cases in the legal world.

ConsJust when you think that you have the answers, the questions change. There are too many cliques.

Advice to Senior ManagementReally monitor what middle management is doing in the name of the firm.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work if you're content being a secretary

Associate Secretary (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAmazing pay and benefits.
Company culture is inclusive and they do seem to care about their employees.

ConsWork is monotonous and there is a lot of downtime - fine if you have other things to do but can be very boring.
Reviews could be scary as even one negative comment from an associate attorney was blown out of proportion by managers (and be used as reason for a poor raise).

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

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Unsatisfied.

Legal Assistant (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 8 years

ProsComplexity and diversity of work.

ConsToo much of a clique to get work.

Advice to Senior ManagementReally get to know staff and how work assignments are distributed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great benefits

Helpdesk Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 5 years

ProsHelpdesk is wonderful, great benefits, easy access to transportation, good co-workers. Internal furnishings are nice to look at. Cares about it's employees. Technology is top notch. The Firm gives back to the community, including pro-bono work, and encourages employees to do the same. During the 9/11 attack, Cravath gave us time off to go down to Trinity Church by ground zero to assist the many search and rescue workers in getting hot food and drink. We got tickets to the annual Big Apple Circus and could take our families. I am still in touch with many of my former co-workers and my supervisor. Nice place to work.

ConsCulture is kind of stiff at the upper levels

Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know the little people

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Still one of the best

Associate (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 3 years

ProsReputation; deal flow; responsibility even at junior level

ConsWork/life balance; WWP not the best office space

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

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Excellent experience for someone who is set on law school.

Litigation Legal Assistant (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than a year

ProsBeing a litigation legal assistant requires lots of hours, heavy workloads, extremely high demands and little reward. Some attorneys will explain the work to you and let you get involved in meaningful rewarding work, and others will simply ask for copies. They are looking for workhorses, but if you want to go to law school this is an excellent pre-JD experience.

ConsVery long hours, very high demands with often little reward. Doesn't do much career-wise for those who decide against law school.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No longterm growth prospects.

Corporate Paralegal (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat benefits and vacation time. Working at a prestigious law firm.

ConsLong and unpredictable hours. No opportunities for growth. The work is tedious and not rewarding - does not change over time. No ability to contribute ideas to the department. Rigid firm culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive people the opportunity to grow and contribute to the firm.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent opportunity for growth.

Billing Clerk (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWorking in Financial Services at Cravath will shape you to become a more rigorous, better organized and resilient. The benefits include on-site child care center, superior medical, life insurance and retirement. Training is offered on-site and off-site. Hours are flexible.

ConsThe work is repetitive and the expectation is extremely high.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe management is excellent.

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

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Corporate Legal Assistant (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGet a salary and work in most prestigious law firm in NYC

ConsNo exit options besides law school, which you could have gone to without having been a paralegal

Advice to Senior ManagementPay people more. Try to figure out why your experience is turning people off to law school. Whole point of being a paralegal is because people are interested in the law.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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