Paul Weiss Rifkind

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Paul Weiss Rifkind Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent co-workers and cases with whom you spend all your time.

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

    I worked at Paul Weiss Rifkind full-time

    Pros

    The partners and associates at Paul, Weiss are extremely smart and often interesting and/or endearingly eccentric. Most of my cases were intellectually challenging. The litigation support staff is excellent. It is a great place to learn about litigation and, if you are driven to be to a big time litigator and have the intellectual firepower, to make your career. The firm is generally successful at fostering a liberal, female friendly and gay friendly environment.

    Cons

    The hours are long and can feel unrelenting. It is a big machine and individuals often get lost. Although people are generally civil, there is a lot of passive aggressive backbiting.

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    From the perspective of a former associate, it would have been nice if the firm paid more attention to the professional development of its associates, encouraged them to take more vacation days, and provided more transparency regarding career prospects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good overall company culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Paul Weiss Rifkind full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, good culture overall (especially in the DC office -- smaller, more one-on-one time with upper level attorneys). Most people at Paul Weiss have senses of humor and are incredibly supportive. Pro bono opportunities are definitely good.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is truly brutal (to be fair, though, that goes for any Biglaw firm, so it's not really a Paul Weiss thing). Time-off policies could use some updating for administrative/support staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience, not great life

    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Paul Weiss Rifkind full-time

    Pros

    Best in class litigation department exposes young attorneys to brilliant minds and Fortune 100 clients.

    Cons

    Soul-crushing hours and crisis-oriented culture.

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  5.  

    It was the beginning of my legal career...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Paul Weiss Rifkind

    Pros

    Great people. Great work. I truly enjoyed the Jury Room food and that it was subsidized by the firm.

    Cons

    The hours were brutal, but that was to be expected given the nature of the industry. They work hard and are fair to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend maternity leave benefits.

  6.  

    Typical NYC v20 Sweatshop

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

    I have been working at Paul Weiss Rifkind full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brand name firm with brand name clients. I suppose one pro is that you will literally never have to worry about whether you "hit" your hours - there's no hours requirement and there's more than enough work to go around for the foreseeable future.

    Cons

    Soulless sweatshop designed to churn and burn (out) its associates. Typical adverse selection problem you see in all the NYC biglaw firms whereby the most insufferable people end up sticking around the longest, so the senior associate corps is pretty dreadful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair and raise salaries and bonuses. Stop colluding with other firms to fix labor prices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Standard BigLaw

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruitment Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Paul Weiss Rifkind as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Beautiful office, great lunchroom. Efficient work management, nice upper management. Clearly talented lawyers, very selective of incoming classes. Easily accessible location.

    Cons

    A bit dull (not my normal area of work, it was a temporary job). Employees didn't seem to enjoy associating with contract workers, felt a bit under appreciated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Marketing

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Paul Weiss Rifkind full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Top rated, high quality law firm with international offices.

    Cons

    Conservative firm. Resistant to change and new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to other firms for more innovative ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great experience

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

    I worked at Paul Weiss Rifkind full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great firm, people are generally very smart and nice, great location (mid-town)

    Cons

    Bad hours, some staff members can be a pain ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the best people you can and keep them there...

  10.  

    They work you hard, but you'll get great experience

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

    I worked at Paul Weiss Rifkind full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great partners and generally collegial atmosphere. Lots of responsibility, and reasonable amount of attention to training and mentorship--though sometimes you need to know when to ask for help.

    Cons

    Hours! Hours! Hours! Your friends will hate you. Your family will disown you. You'll never go on a single date. But it's probably no worse than anywhere is New York, and you can buy new friends, family and girlfriends with all the big lawyer money. Right? Right?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Paul Weiss - Great Firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Paul Weiss Rifkind full-time

    Pros

    Work with some of the smartest people in law

    Cons

    Long hours, very demanding clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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