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Incredible international experience

Associate (Mid-level to Senior) (Former Employee) New York, NY

ProsIf you want to travel the world doing international work, this is the firm for you. It truly is an integrated global platform where attorneys around the world work together on client relationships. This is not so at US based biglaw firms. You will sleep with your blackberry under your pillow in order to respond to emails from China, but you will be involved in cutting edge work.

The attorneys are not only smart, but worldly and and interesting too.

ConsThe massive lay-offs in 2008 destroyed morale. They seemed to be completely random and attorneys were scratching their heads as to why certain associates were spared. On top of this, US litigation partners took off in droves. With the lay-offs and partner departures, US litigation department shrank from approx 90 attorneys to a skeleton crew of approx 5 (they are now trying to rebuild). During all of this, US management continued to call associate meetings to reassure associates that everything was fine and the future looked great.

Do not go here for pure litigation experience. You will not get any experience. You will only draft briefs. But the investigations group (in DC), which is part of litigation, is great. NY and DC work together on investigations, which are conducted around the world.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Job Insecurity while Maintaining Employment

    Administrative (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at Clifford Chance US


    Pros: The pay is in the median range for other law firms of this size.… Cons: The firm has gone through multiple rounds of layoffs and nobody is ever quite certain there won't be another one. No recognition for a… Advice to Senior Management: Don't just smile and nod your head when an employee has a valid complaint and seeks resolution. The problems will not go away by… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Typical law firm

    Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at Clifford Chance US


    Pros: Good compensation, somewhat interesting work Cons: Constant layoffs and partner upheaval. Firm management is not transparent… Advice to Senior Management: Talk more to associates and actually explain firm developments. More
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