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Good pay and benefits

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Cravath Swaine

Pros

Good salary, good exposure to legal field, solid benefits package

Cons

High-stress work environment, little time off, long hours

Other Reviews for Cravath Swaine

  1.  

    An excellent firm and a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Litigation Legal Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Provides an opportunity to work with and learn from some brilliant people. Collegiality between attorneys and administrative staff makes for an enjoyable atmosphere.

    Cons

    The sheer amount of work being done at the firm means that long hours and working weekends are inevitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Glorified paper-pusher

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Highly intensive environment, good exposure to professionalism, good way to become extremely detailed oriented and prepared to work in a cut throat industry. Not for the faint of heart, but really good exposure to top law firm life if you're looking to go that route.

    Cons

    Little interest in new ideas, critical thinking, complex problem solving. I was astonished that third and fourth year associates remained glorified paper-pushers. It's a clunky and slow moving institution not agile enough to pay heed to individual's desires to learn or grow. It is a machine that will eek out all your creative juice until you are left hallow. There is little attention from management to employee relations issues and disinterest in affording workers personal freedoms and responsibility. It is affronting how management babysit paralegals, giving them a sign in sheet -- marking them tardy if late, tracking whereabouts via key card access, hiring case managers as babysitters, cutting them off from all attorney relations. When approached about camaraderie issues, or learning/growth issues, managers essentially reply with a "such is life" answer. If you're interested in learning about legal practices before Law school, I would suggest finding a small practitioner's office where you might have the opportunity to attend court, listen to oral argument, sit in on meetings, and speak to attorneys about the briefing process. These opportunities, no matter how aggressively you seek, are rarely available for a paralegal at Cravath. If you are interested in learning the functionality of the duplicating department, working closely with document processing, gaining skills in quickly shuffling briefs behind tabs in binders, and spending your days copying and pasting data from one spreadsheet to the next, you are well suited to Cravath's work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are many solvable grievances in your work place. Listen to them and take action. If the low attrition rate to law school is irksome, and the rate at which you hemorrhage paralegals costly, perhaps some departmental reflection is in order to revamp the system and apply deserved liberties and perks to make the otherwise grueling job more bearable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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