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White & Case Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at White & Case

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere among associates. Great opportunities for work on cross-boarder transactions and litigations.

    Cons

    Does not have a strong disputes practice.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - I T in New York, NY
    Former Employee - I T in New York, NY

    I worked at White & Case full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful environment to work in. No stress as long as work gets done. Everybody is willing and able to help each other out.

    Great Bonuses

    Cons

    Its a Silo'd engineering IT environment so you will for the most part not be able to work on other systems outside of what the team is responsible for.

    Raises aren't that great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sacrifice your employees for profit. Great employees will make great service and great service usually makes more profit. .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Solid Firm - Great Work (if law is your thing)

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

    I have been working at White & Case full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Variety of practices and client base; truly global work; diversity of workforce is amazing - employees hailing from different countries; training programs; gym, on-site health center and physical therapy, great cafeteria.

    Cons

    Need more frequent technology refreshes. Internal practice cross selling needs to be better incentivized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good culture, but stagnant growth

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    Former Employee - Mid Level Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mid Level Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at White & Case full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Cohesive culture in terms of consistent messaging and branding
    - Friendly colleagues (support staff, associates, and junior partners)
    - Great location and nice offices

    Cons

    - Disconnect between senior partners and staffers (the old guard) with the firm at large. Bad decisions are reinforced by confirmation bias.
    - People take their jobs way too seriously, with one senior staff member referring to massive layoffs in 09 as the firm's own "9/11"
    - Stagnation in terms of its rankings and ability to grow professionally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too slow to react and remain competitive in today's environment, particularly with the shifting model of law firm economics. Everything from IT to business process needs to be improved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work and learn from the best.

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

    I have been working at White & Case full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by great colleagues that are both brilliant and easy to get along with. The management here has open door policy. You're always welcome to ask questions. No questions are stupid. This is very rare at other firms. Think the pay may be higher because White & Case is a prestigious, global law firm. Cafeteria here is nice and food/beverages are reasonable priced compared to eating out.

    Cons

    Con – partners can be intimidating. Some secretaries are worse/ruder than attorneys. They’re impatient and snappy when you’re trying to gather information from them. LONG hours. This place does suck your energy. From what I heard, hard to get promoted or salary increase, so negotiate higher salary when you interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish I had adequate training. I literally made and had to learn from many mistakes working here. This is a fast paced environment so they can’t always monitor your work, which is understandable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nice work environment and people but...

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

    I worked at White & Case full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits (similar to other big lawfirms), very nice people and good working hours (after the first 3 years, hours become manageable - 9 am to 7pm).

    Cons

    There seems to be little diversity among the partnership, associates, and work assignments. Whether in transactions or litigation, unless you get a good mentor relationship, you get stuck with first-year type assignments and your career screeches to a halt. On top of that, the credit crisis just made the partnership even more ivory towered in that, assignments are doled out to favorites so if your hours are lacking, it means you are not favored and will not move up within the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more fair in your compensation within the partnership. Do not be like other firms in the bonus structure and stick to the founding partner's principles. You will survive by treating your valued associates with respect and fair compensation. Also, treat your clients like long-term partners by standardizing certain work structures and fee structure - testing out fixed fee and hourly fee structures for transactions and unusual litigations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good school of life

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

    I worked at White & Case part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary, support from team members

    Cons

    VERY long hours, poor work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great law firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at White & Case

    Pros

    Great people; for a law firm the environment is not hostile at all

    Cons

    Hard work; international angle can get tiring from all the time differences

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    It was the best.

    Former Employee - Concierge
    Former Employee - Concierge

    I worked at White & Case full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    office culture, environment, coworkers, benefits

    Cons

    lack of manpower, too much overtime work

  11.  

    Meaningful, supportive work and environment

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

    I worked at White & Case full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great diversity and excellent approach to integration of all team players on assignments

    Cons

    Hours--long, even for Manhattan, and some of those hours are wholly unnecessary. But young associates feel the need to put in facetime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually promote collaboration between offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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