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Great firm and great opportunities

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Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

I worked at Davis Polk full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

We will work with talented people. You will have great clients who are able to pay a lot for lawyers. You will have exciting work.

Cons

You will work long hours. You will get a lot of training too, but the learning curve is steep and there will be lots of situations where you will have to sink or swim.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work

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  1. High prestige, high quality work, but monotonous and very serious

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    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Davis Polk as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people working here and doing work for huge companies -- stuff you read about in WSJ or NYT. Partners are very nice, and there are no screamers.

    Cons

    It's a very serious environment and it can be hard to find your place there, to connect to people, and so forth. Also, training is very haphazard -- you're expected to be smart enough to figure it out, which is a plus and minus.

    Advice to Management

    More training.


  2. Helpful (2)

    The best place to be a legal assistant in NYC (take that as you will)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Access to some very high profile cases, most of which you'll read about in the news. The firm counts some of the largest, most powerful companies in the world as its clients. This is a harsh economy for most firms. Not this one. Davis Polk has been around forever and will continue to thrive due to its longstanding corporate relationships. -Access to top-notch lawyers. Granted, your face-time with partners will be very limited, but the associates here are cream of the crop. Really valuable for networking/law school recommendations/general advice. -Excellent firm culture. No yelling. Some reviewers who are attorneys may complain about how the firm seems "passive aggressive" in that people are very nice but will stab you in the back. I haven't witnessed that firsthand but as a legal assistant you are probably not important enough to have that happen to you. One of the upsides of being low on the food chain is that nobody has any reason to be anything but nice to you. -Collegiality: really feels like a team. Managers genuinely care about your workload and will generally stick up for you when you get unreasonable requests. -Name recognition: Davis Polk turns heads in the world of law. Sounds superficial but in the legal world, these things matter on your resume. -Perks are well above average for law firms: great cafeteria, dinner & car service home on late nights, beautiful building, law school admissions panels for legal assistants, etc. All said, this is a good place to work immediately after college. Just don't get stuck for more than 3 years because there are no opportunities for upward mobility without a JD, and salary increases are not significant. I don't know of any other firms of similar type and caliber that have more satisfied legal assistants. Just have realistic expectations when applying--it's a good 'stepping stone' job if you are at least considering law school--and this job will be a great experience.

    Cons

    -Salary. $40k base is tough to live off of in NYC. Overtime helps but you'll have to work hard to see any real savings. No significant bonuses. -Work is often unfulfilling and monotonous. This is NOT specific to Davis Polk, but rather a trait of this position across Biglaw. -You have to carry around, and check, a Blackberry. You'll get used to it, but you won't stop hating the constant buzzing of incoming emails.

    Advice to Management

    -Regular work schedule should be 40 hours/week instead of 35 to help with the salary issue. We don't need to get off at 5:30--we're young and could use the extra $.


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