Dechert Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Associate

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

    I have been working at Dechert full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility; big cases; relatively laid-back culture

    Cons

    Very difficult to get meaningful experience early on. Inconsistent work flow.

    Advice to Management

    Practice groups need more structure. More substantive opportunities should be available.


  2. Admin

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

    I have been working at Dechert (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice offices, good location, no screamers

    Cons

    Very inconsistent workflow. Little communication about upcoming projects and deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    More communication to staff about upcoming projects


  3. Typical Big Law

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, supportive staff and typical biglaw salary.

    Cons

    Company politics make advancement difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff.


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  5. Anonymous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dechert (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Dechert is if you cannot find a job anywhere else. It beats not having a job at all. Also, if you work in Marketing, just come here and work for two weeks as an assistant. You will be promoted to manager or director within a couple of months and then you can leave and find a job at a better place.

    Cons

    No one likes it here. Even the attorneys hate it. I've worked at a lot of places and this has got to be one of the worst places that I have every worked.

    Advice to Management

    You make it extremely difficult to like this place. You need to better understand the employees and their roles.


  6. A little view from the admin side

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    Current Employee - Database Applications Development Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Database Applications Development Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Dechert full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location in Philadelphia, nice views of Center City (especially from the upper floors). Proximity to public transportation (SEPTA Regional Rail/Subways/Buses, NJ Transit, Amtrak)

    Cons

    It's a law firm, so things can be a little hectic and you have to treat the partners like gods.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the IT and administration staff well, they keep all the pieces moving in the background and the firm can not exist without them.


  7. Legal Secretary

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dechert (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Applied through a recruiter. Interviewed with the Regional Office Manager. Came back a few days later and interviewed with the partner and two associates. Pretty straight forward. Got an offer 3 days after my last interview.

    Cons

    It was a good experience overall.


  8. Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generally congenial, respectful attitude among the partnership, woman-friendly

    Cons

    Not very diverse group of people


  9. Ok place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dechert full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and teams, some opportunity for career progression.

    Cons

    Comp. and bonuses for non-attorneys are not at market level and they don't care about keeping talent.


  10. partner

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    Current Employee - Partner in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Partner in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people, transparent process, collegial

    Cons

    unpredictable hours, typical of industry


  11. Staff review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great firm to work for! Great support and multiple opportunity to learn. Give staff members a chance for a promotion Great customer / attorney service

    Cons

    Compensation for staff can be more competitive to prevent high staff turnover Seem to keep adding additional responsibility without the compensation for doing so. Like any Law Firm the staff seems to be all replaceable. Very limited opportunity to advance and be promoted

    Advice to Management

    Compensation for staff can be more competitive to prevent high staff turnover



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