Sullivan & Cromwell Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Plenty of Perks but Little Opportunity for Professional Growth

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Proofreader in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Proofreader in Washington, DC

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell

    Pros

    The firm offered a variety of perks to its employees, such as an amazing vacation package and 7 hour work days. These things definitely promote a healthy work-life balance for non-legal staff. Extra hours worked were also compensated with overtime pay, even for a salaried employee. And there are many perks provided, such as staff luncheons, staff appreciation parties, gift card drawings during holidays, and holiday parties. Most of the attorneys at the firm are friendly, very approachable, and welcome/value your input.

    Cons

    Based on your position, there may be very little opportunity for professional growth once you reach a certain level within the firm. I spent over 12 years at the firm and was never promoted in title, despite playing numerous roles outside my area of expertise and proving that my abilities far exceeded what was expected of me in my job description. A disconnect exists between management and staff, which occasionally results in feeling unappreciated (not by the attorneys but by upper management). Finally, being crammed into a very small shared work area also resulted in far too much office drama between coworkers, which negatively impacted employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest that management look for ways to promote an employee who proves he or she is highly capable of managing roles outside what is defined by his or her title. Be more willing and open to assist by looking at an employee's overall role and promoting professional growth by expanding upon that individual's roles and responsibilities. Recognizing and promoting employees who want to put forth the time and effort to improve your company will keep talent within the firm, which will ultimately result in a more successful firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Revolving Door for Associates

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    Impossible work load
    Partners are horrible to work with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. This place is a revolving door

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    Former Employee - Litigation Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Car service and Seamless after 6 PM

    Cons

    Corporate hell and revolving door

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Sucks the life out of you

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

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is great! Floor wizard events (free junk food and wine) are a nice reprieve.

    Cons

    People are terrible. Many partners are mean. Everyone department made of not-lawyers is treated like they are less than.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't change the culture if you're still around. The only advice I can give to management is a mass exodus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Litigation Legal Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Litigation Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There's a lot of hours and money to be made (within reason) as a Legal Assistant/Staff Attorney, if that's what you want. Though, b/c of the economy, I may be overstating things. I was there during the "good years."

    Generally, if you do your work and you're detail-oriented/careful; you'll be fine.

    Cons

    No room for growth as a non-Associate . . . . but, perhaps, some Associates feel the same way?

    If you want to look for growth and "climb the ladder" as a support staffer, based on my experience, I'd go elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Does it matter? I was there for years; "in my day" management wouldn't listen to advice unless they thought it'd bolster their bottom-line . . . . . "that's the way it was, and we liked it."

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great experiences at Sullivan & Cromwell.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Document Review Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Document Review Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people there are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I have worked there as a paralegal and also continued to work there when I passed the bar and became admitted. I still have good friends that currently work there.

    Cons

    There were only a few instances where I would come across a bad apple that would create a toxic atmosphere for those of us that came to work. However, that would be quickly remedied by the leadership there which wanted to a positive atmosphere which would allow people to prosper and enjoy their experience working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Challenging but Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional development, team work and comaraderie.

    Cons

    Not enough hours in a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more help

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. It is what it is

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell

    Pros

    People are very smart and hardworking, high profile deals and good perks/job security. No FaceTime req

    Cons

    Crazy hours, very demanding, no respect for personal time, your clients make more $, don't work as hard and aren't as smart...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need any advice. It might not be a great place to work, but there will always be lines of people willing to be treated like crap for prestige. Keep screwing us....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Mid-level review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, smart colleagues, exciting work

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of transparency into management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Challenging firm with very autocratic management style.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time

    Pros

    Location, location, location sums it up.

    Cons

    Autocracy and upper management greed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little receptive to a divergence of opinions in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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