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Upstairs/Downstairs?

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Cooley

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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  1. Solid firm for tech law

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    Former Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year in Washington, DC

    I worked at Cooley

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
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  2. A typical law firm

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    Former Employee - Corporate Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Cooley

    Pros

    Interesting clients, lots of good experience, learn a lot in the first few years

    Cons

    No work/life balance, work really long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more straight forward with the associates.

    Recommends
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