Cravath Swaine Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Cravath Swaine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is good, opportunities for bonus

    Cons

    Long hours, very high expectations

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  2. Banking Legal Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Banking Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Banking Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    probably good for someone out of undergrad who wants to go to law school, but there are probably more interesting things to do that pay well for someone who isn't particularly interested in law.

    Cons

    sometimes work longer hours than the lawyers and get paid less for it, when wall street does well people are calm, when it does poorly they become MEAN

    Advice to Management

    be kind to your employees! encourage a culture of collaboration and not of competitiveness. recognize that paralegals are aware of the huge disparity of pay between your's and theirs (and the lawyers). Admin & paralegals are often very under-appreciated.


  3. Messenger

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    Current Employee - Messenger in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Messenger in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    the best reason to work at Cravath, Swaine & Moore are
    professional environment

    Cons

    I Have no downside working at Cravath Swaine & Moore

    Advice to Management

    None


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cravath Swaine

    Pros

    Great company and benefits, surrounded by intelligence.

    Cons

    Too many supervisors, very top heavy.


  6. Old business model law firm

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine

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

    Pros

    Cheap meals and free Starbucks and espressos. A lot of smart people but their lips are stapled up by bad management layers.

    Cons

    Lousy pay and bonus not up to market rate, too many closed minded people at the middle management layers. Too much turnovers and bad technology. lotus Note? Nobody uses that anymore but Cravath. Blackberry is so oldschool.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more, successful people take more ideas in than shut


  7. Helpful (1)

    Really full of themselves

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff in New York, NY

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Sane hours. Good compensation,

    Cons

    Odd rules about hurting others feelings. (ie - You can't ask someone where a good place for lunch is because that person may feel you asked him that because he's fat)

    Rules were randomly enforced with even more random discipline

    Advice to Management

    Give staff a way to share their concerns with you. Department directors run rampant.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Rewarding, challenging experience with great exposure to high-stakes litigation.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Leadership opportunities
    -Associate and partner contact
    -Ample overtime opportunities
    -Exceptional co-workers and collegial environment
    -Incredible firm cafeteria with best view in Manhattan

    Cons

    -E-mail software
    -Slow to adapt change


  9. Perhaps the best Firm at which to be an associate

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No joke -- you'll be doing things at the end of your first year that your peers in law school won't get to until their 5th

    Cons

    You'll sleep under your desk -- sometimes for days at a time

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! The cons are hard, but there's no other way to gain that kind of experience. Pay us a bit more, though


  10. Good.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training, experience at very junior levels.

    Cons

    Hours, compensation, culture. Word word word.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Demanding, unforgiving, but worth it

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

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The rotation system. The rotation system involves essentially changing your corporate law specialization approx every 18 months (three broad divisions are M&A, securities, and bank financing). It forces you to become very proficient at each type of work, and also to figure out how to learn things very quickly because you have to get up the learning curve asap whenever you rotate to a new group/practice area.

    Cons

    This place is not for people who need handholding. The hours are VERY demanding, which is typical for a top tier NYC law firm, but I think there's generally less tolerance for complaining/outside interests than at other firms.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't change the formula, all things considered. If you can put in your time at Cravath you're generally going to walk away with a very good command of the work, even though you'll have to pay some dues to get there. I can't speak to the partnership route as I didn't stay long enough to be up for consideration.



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