Davis Polk Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Davis Polk Managing Partner Thomas J. Reid
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Pros
  • Very smart people working here and doing work for huge companies -- stuff you read about in WSJ or NYT (in 4 reviews)

  • The people here so really great and push one another to be the best (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, not much opportunities for juniors (in 7 reviews)

  • work-life balance is not very good (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Davis Polk

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Davis Polk (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Good people. Always willing to help

    Cons

    There is no room for advancment


  2. Senior Associate

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Davis Polk is a great place to work. The people are very nice people and expectations are generally reasonable. Good high quality work.

    Cons

    It is difficult to become partner or counsel and there is little insight given in to your changes of doing so. Best of luck to you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You have built a great firm. More experience for junior associates is highly advisable so please do so.


  3. Associate

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, cutting edge work, vacation respected.

    Cons

    Long hours with some face time depending on the partner.


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  5. As far as working at a Big Law firm, DPW is awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cafeteria, nice people, interesting pro bono cases

    Cons

    extremely hierarchical, long hours, little autonomy

    Advice to Management

    Provide more feedback for employees. provide more opportunities for stretch projects.


  6. Biglaw is Biglaw

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are friendly, office is nice, support staff are helpful, resources are amazing.

    Cons

    Biglaw is biglaw; the firm owns you, and while they're nice about it, don't expect clear boundaries between your time and theirs.

    Advice to Management

    Law needs to find a way to treat its lawyers like people with needs for independent, non-work time on a more regular basis than four weeks of vacation a year.


  7. Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The reputation for a collegiate work environment and rewarding, cutting edge work is well deserved. DPW is also becoming a leader in compensation.

    Cons

    In the litigation department, slim to no long term advancement opportunities; no transparency or guidance as to promotion decisions


  8. Great Work Environment with Unpredictable hours

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Manager is fair and pleasant to talk to.

    Cons

    The hours can be taxing at times.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Good place to grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great team environment but overworked employees

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

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    The value of working for Davis Polk as a Corporate Legal Assistant is the exposure and ability to work on big cases. The teamwork environment also makes it easy to establish your reputation as a hardworking and reliable paralegal among the attorneys.

    Cons

    Paralegals are overworked and almost work in the same capacity as junior associates in the firm. You are expected to put in the overtime and accede to last minute demands of the transaction/case if help is needed. This is not a place for a work/social life balance, it is for building your career as an entry-level Legal Assistant.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a better bonus and incentivizing structure for Legal Assistants, especially for "career paralegals" and plan to stay long-term (past 2 years) with the firm.


  11. Legal Support

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Support in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Respectful, nice atmosphere, decent pro-bono

    Cons

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



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