Davis Polk Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
41 Reviews

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  1.  

    Best employer ever

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

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Tiffanys of law firms

    Cons

    Wall Street hours year round

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome culture, great experience, friendly people, best place to work in NY Biglaw

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

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People treat you with respect and make a real effort to avoid needless late night and weekend work, firm morale is very high, consensus is that the firm is headed in the right direction and expanding strategically both from a practice area perspective and geographically. Vacation time is absolutely sacred and everyone takes all 4-5 weeks.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and very unpredictable, but this is the nature of the industry. Not a lot of firm-wide events, would be nice to have some more opportunities for social interaction with colleagues.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Great firm and great opportunities

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    We will work with talented people. You will have great clients who are able to pay a lot for lawyers. You will have exciting work.

    Cons

    You will work long hours. You will get a lot of training too, but the learning curve is steep and there will be lots of situations where you will have to sink or swim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

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  5.  

    It was a great experience!

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

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly professional and brilliant lawyers across the board. Don't think you'll find any other law firm with a deeper bench and that will give associates as much responsibility so early in their careers.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and communication about partnership prospects can be opaque.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hard work, but good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Davis Polk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome people and culture; very enjoyable experience overall. Interacted with colleagues in and out of work in the litigation department and couldn't be happier working with that group. I would recommend it highly for an internship, and while the life of associates looked difficult, the culture sounded much less stuffy and awful based on friends who spoke about working with other law firms.

    Cons

    Internship was a lot of document moving, but definitely what you made of it. You could ask questions and learn a lot about what the legal industry is like and what it's like to work in it.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A very well run company that cares about its employees.

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great health and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    Work load can get heavy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at Davis Polk

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great people, very business casual. not too political....great pay

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement.
    Not much room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all of your employess as equals. Some partners need to learn how to communicate with other staff members as they can be very rude.

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  9.  

    Good place to grow

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

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    The environment is highly intellectual, which makes it interesting to work in and the people employed by DPW are great to learn from. I find the cafeteria to be a plus (the breakfast is top-notch).

    Cons

    The hours can be quite long and unpredictable, but that's as expected, given the nature of the work. Sometimes the work/life balance is a bit difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Legal Support

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    Former Employee - Legal Support  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Support in New York, NY

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Respectful, nice atmosphere, decent pro-bono

    Cons

    No work/life balance, cut a lot of programs/benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Interesting and challenging (in a good way)

    Current Employee - Corporate Legal Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility upon demonstrating skills

    Cons

    Can be very long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to foster the communication between senior associates and legal assistants

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