White & Case Reviews

Updated May 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Great people; for a law firm the environment is not hostile at all (in 5 reviews)

  • Good salary, support from team members (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • I didn't mind the long hours, but some people might (in 8 reviews)

  • Not much mentoring and with lawyers and support staff being laid off (2008 - 2012) moral is low (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Legal Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at White & Case full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High profile deals, good support staff, OT pay and good benefits

    Cons

    No 401K match, long hours


  2. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Knowledge Resources Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Knowledge Resources Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at White & Case part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    good co workers, always learning new things

    Cons

    upper management is not into lower management


  3. DSM Manila LLC (W&C subsidiary) was the best company I'd ever worked at. I wish it continued success.

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at White & Case full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A fun place to work. Friendly atmosphere, lots of free food, as well as great learning and development opportunities and work-life balance.

    Cons

    The new director seems to be an underqualified puppet. I hope that doesn't lead to DSM becoming just another cookie-cutter BPO company.

    Advice to Management

    There are so few--if any--companies in Manila that can match DSM in terms of being a great place to work. Please don't let that magic fade away.


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  5. Bureaucratic Hell

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at White & Case

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Robust budgets for marketing, technology and events.

    Cons

    Top heavy in management; very few people willing to get their hands dirty.

    Advice to Management

    Implement 360 review process. The marketing and communications departments have way to may managers and directors who only want to manage and direct. They lack know how and ability to implement processes because they lack clear vision as to how things actually work.


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    What you should expect from a global power house

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding opportunities to do cutting edge cross border work for global clients. Fantastic opportunities for professional growth - Partners willing to give associates as much autonomy and responsibility as they can handle with real face time with clients. No premium on face time

    Cons

    Demanding hours makes work-life balance difficult to achieve at times - however this is true of all big law firms, esp. ones that contend with demanding clients that are in multiple time-zones.

    Advice to Management

    Improve cross office staffing to better integrate associates from different offices into global practice areas.


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. Pretty good culture, but stagnant growth

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work and learn from the best.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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