Debevoise & Plimpton
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www.debevoise.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Debevoise & Plimpton Presiding Partner Rick Evans

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very well rounded law firm with a large diverse staff.

    Records Clerk (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe work atmosphere is well maintained for a large law firm. There are opportunities for anyone wishing to learn and expand within this company.

    ConsLike most Large Firms, they lose their compassion, close-knit feel and sometimes look to the bottom line too much.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work

    Office Assistant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Pros- Management is very approachable
    - Very smart and bright people who work at every level
    - As an employee you get to interface with many different people

    Cons-There is really no upward mobility; even among attorneys.

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

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    ProsIT's a really great company to work for. It can be stressful at time but the people around you are quite helpful

    Consyou will have to work above and beyond what you usually do

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Secretarial Services not managed well. Supervisors very political.

    Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsVery pleasant to work until attorney you are working for leaves the firm or retires.

    ConsWorked as a secretary for over 30 years, when attorney I was working for retired, was told by the Secretarial Services supervisor that she had no room for me and that the firm most likely will be forced to close. Also said, Debevoise had a mandatory retirement age and no one could challenge it because the firm knows the legal system.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to go somewhere and learn the Equal Employment rules. Also, be more ethical and do not force employees into retirement because of their age or racial background which HR and Sec Services has been practicing for decades. Surround themselves with minorities but then discriminate against everyone outside of their teams.

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

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    Prestigious, white shoe, smart, international

    Summer Associate (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPrestigious, white shoe, smart, international, polite culture

    ConsBit conservative, new York-centric, less competitive on several transactional fronts

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter cross office integration

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Management (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPeople were very freindly and respectful.

    ConsLacking leadership and direction. Passive agressive management style.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThrow the Debevoian Manual away and get real.

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

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    A great place to begin a legal career

    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAmazing lawyers who are thoughtful, kind and brilliant; people respect you and your time, although it's still a large firm, but no face time requirements

    ConsThe typical for a large firm -- you need to make your own way to get the best experiences

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding, overall.

    Professional Administration (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPrestigious; top-tier clients and reputation; professional and positive workplace environment; culture of teamwork and generally collegial group of partners.

    ConsConsistent diminishing reduction in salary increases and in benefits for non-legal professional staff; a haves and haves-not mentality; lack of respect for employment tenure and loyalty to long-serving employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize contributions of non-legal staff (the majority of employees) by more than just lip service; recognize need to control over wrought sense of self-importance of the firm relative to its peer law firms.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, a good place to work, most people are respectful and courteous, of course, with a few typical law firm crazies.

    Legal Secretary (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExcellent pay and benefits, friendly and respectful atmosphere. Most partners will have friendly conversations with all members of the staff.

    ConsSecretarial management is not in touch with what's going on; they don't always reward the hardest workers properly, and fail to recognize those who are constantly working. Lots of secretarial teams where one person is stressed out and working around the clock and the rest of the team has nothing to do -- so those imbalances cause tension and the management seems unaware of how much work everyone is doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake more of an effort to reward those who are working hard; pay attention to secretaries who make requests to move to assignments more suited to them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Workplace & Professional Growth Opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDebevoise & Plimpton provided an excellent learning environment with talented managers who assisted in the development of my skills as a manager. It was equally helpful to be surrounded by exceptional engineers who could be expected to deliver a high level of service to the users.

    ConsThe biggest downside of working at Debevoise & Plimpton is a direct product of the firm being an excellent place to work. Managers and employees do not leave, therefore career growth is limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would advise for the use of performance reviews to base bonuses & raises. Also, look to new employees as resources who can provide new persceptives to improve the effectiveness & efficiency of how work/goals are completed/achieved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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