Milbank Tweed Reviews

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
20 Reviews
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20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I have been working at Milbank Tweed full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The firm has very smart people and offers diverse, sophisticated legal work. Lots of resources for learning more about your practice.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and the work flow can be hard to predict / irregular. But I think that is the case at any large law firm.

  2.  

    Overall good job but zero work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Milbank Tweed full-time

    Pros

    Almost all high caliber colleagues and usually interesting work (depending on the group), typical biglaw salary starting at $160k. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Typical challenges of a medium to large NYC law firm - long hours, no respect for personal time and depending on the individual, communication can get nasty and disrespectful in a deal crunch. Junior work is not always fascinating but this is just inevitable paying of dues and there is scope to work above your level if you show interest and capability. The firm is not particularly generous with perks. As in any organization like this, if you do good work you need to know how to say no or you will be completely consumed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis on real mentorship, training, feedback and quality of life. Get rid of work avoiders who ride on other's coattails and actually recognize and reward those who go above and beyond in quality and with their billable hours - these people are the only reason the firm can operate with hangers on. I realize it is a law firm and structurally there is only so much that can be done but need to address those individuals who treat juniors with disrespect or you will drive A players away.

  3.  

    If you're not a lawyer, you may as well be dirt, and absolutely no vision or strategy at the top.

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    Current Employee - "Admin" Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - "Admin" Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Milbank Tweed full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance policies.

    Cons

    No strategy or mission. Lacks vision and is not run like a business. "Admin" personnel (anyone who is not a lawyer) is treated like second rate citizens, from the COO to the receptionist. Culture is awful - people look down in the hallways rather than say hello. HR is powerless to help. Old school, not progressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize you are lawyers, not business people. When you hire people with business backgrounds, trust that they know what they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good perks for new associates.

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

    I worked at Milbank Tweed full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    I think they lose some of their best candidates through quirky interviewing process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There has been a drop-off in quality of support staff; please pay more attention to the nuts and bolts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Satisfying

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Milbank Tweed full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great level of work, fantastic exposure to top notch clients

    Cons

    Constant salary battle both with respect to basic and bonus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Some good people, but overall just another lawyer Mill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Milbank Tweed full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    interesting practice groups, some nice lawyers

    Cons

    they work you to death, but I guess that's what you'd expect from a large firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    At Williams Lea/Milbank I worked as an Office Services Technician specializing in data entry, mass printing/copy.

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    Former Employee - Office Services Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Office Services Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Milbank Tweed full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rapid, high energy work environment.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is essential when building a strong team and work force.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good compensation - ok environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Milbank Tweed

    Pros

    Salary - bonuses match best large NYC law firms, good benefits

    Cons

    Hours can be long, typical of large NYC law firms

  10.  

    I don't think that I could imagine a worst place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Milbank Tweed full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and the view from the office. Compensation is the only pro about this place. Also, this is a good place to work if you want to represent banks and only do finance.

    Cons

    This is a good ol' boys, white shoe, old school law firm that lacks diversity and transparency. One thing is clear, this firm does not care about its associates. There are other large laws firms and hopefully they all aren't this bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They will never change,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good

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    Former Employee - Billing Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Billing Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Milbank Tweed full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits and salary packages

    Cons

    long hours and not good overtime policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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