Davis Polk Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fantastic company with wonderful people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Polk

    Pros

    The people here so really great and push one another to be the best. The departments are, for the most part, close and are friends outside of work.

    Cons

    Late nights are not uncommon, especially during the firm's recruiting season. As in, still at your desk at 11 or later. But they offer car service to anyone still working past 8:30 which is a pretty sweet deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any advice to give. The company is lovely.

  2.  

    Great Work Environment with Unpredictable hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Manager is fair and pleasant to talk to.

    Cons

    The hours can be taxing at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  6.  

    Legal Support

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Support in New York, NY

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Best employer ever

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

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

    Pros

    The Tiffanys of law firms

    Cons

    Wall Street hours year round

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Short, but fine.

    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Polite, professional, incredibly smart people and well organized structure and training.

    Cons

    The people are cold, competitive, and partners don't remember you.

  9.  

    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

  10.  

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

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

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (less than an 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    company review

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

    I worked at Davis Polk

    Pros

    working with bright people and working environment is good too

    Cons

    work-life balance is not very good

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