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Awesome culture, great experience, friendly people, best place to work in NY Biglaw

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (less than an year)

Pros

People treat you with respect and make a real effort to avoid needless late night and weekend work, firm morale is very high, consensus is that the firm is headed in the right direction and expanding strategically both from a practice area perspective and geographically. Vacation time is absolutely sacred and everyone takes all 4-5 weeks.

Cons

Hours can be long and very unpredictable, but this is the nature of the industry. Not a lot of firm-wide events, would be nice to have some more opportunities for social interaction with colleagues.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    AA Department could be better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davis Polk

    Pros

    The work there was interesting, especially as a floater AA. As long as you followed instructions closely, continued to display your high skill level, and really knew what you were doing you were OK

    Cons

    Some of the assigned AA's were not very nice, and usually displayed bullying types of attitudes and natures toward floaters. The staff in the other departments were nicer and better to work with. So I think that the problem has a lot to do with the way the AA dept is run. If AA's (esp the ones who have worked there for 10 years can learn to be nicer, the dept as a whole would be as well. But I don't see that changing anytime soon, and I didn't see that change for the better when I finally got out of there either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management since it's assumed that they already know how to treat AA's and floater AA's with respect and dignity, although I've experienced the complete opposite when I started working there a few years back. Treat your subordinates with the respect that they deserve and you'll keep them longer.

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    Great firm and great opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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