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BigLaw with Big Class and Big Clients

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Patent Assistant in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Patent Assistant in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Cooley full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Interesting work, both large, successful clients and emerging industries and startups. Loved the people I worked with, and the lavish environment.

Cons

Tends to be a bit bureaucratic and snobbish sometimes, and my admin manager was watching the clock too much as opposed to paying attention to the quality of work being done by professional and paraprofessional staff.

Other Employee Reviews for Cooley

  1. Upstairs/Downstairs?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Firm still has solid 'high tech, emerging markets' reputation. Some business-oriented and business-savvy partners.

    Cons

    There's an 'upstairs, downstairs' mentality amongst many in the partnership - if you're not a partner then get below stairs to the sweatshop. There used to be a 'Cooley culture' espousing collaboration and 'we are one-firm' mentality. Not anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the firm as if it were a business, not a high school football team.


  2. Solid firm for tech law

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CGK provides excellent opportunities to work on very interesting technology law issues, along with related subject matter areas. It has a self-described "Cooley culture" that allows you to set your own work/life balance.

    Cons

    It can be a "who you know" not "what you know" kind of place at times. If you are not part of the inner circle, you may not get the good deals to work on or the opportunities for advancement that other may get.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be a firm that focuses on the person rather than the bottom line and in so doing don't lose sight of each member of the Cooley team.


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