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Cadwalader Wickersham Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2019

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3.1
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42%
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52%
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W. Christopher White
26 Ratings
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  • "High expectations, long hours, labor intensive deals, business driven(in 7 reviews)

  • "Once you are hired you realise that the management team has no regard for you and your work life balance(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Typical Big Law Firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation was market or above

    Cons

    Hours were market or above

    Cadwalader Wickersham2019-05-01
  2. "Work Hard"

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    Former Employee - Administrator 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Competitive and changing and stressful environment

    Cadwalader Wickersham2019-06-05
  3. "Mixed Feelings"

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    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator 

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Health insurance is cheap, good PTO 25 for year 1 and 30 after year 2, flexible schedule, can work from home, high pay for the industry

    Cons

    Disorganized, no room for growth

    Cadwalader Wickersham2019-06-04
  4. Helpful (1)

    "No one sticks around for long"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reputable firm, above market pay, great benefits and PTO

    Cons

    Classic white shoe law firm, low morale among admin staff, associates and partners have no concern for work-life balance or time outside the office, expected to work through lunch, on weekends and during vacations

    Cadwalader Wickersham2019-05-11
  5. "Nice people; boring work."

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      Former Employee - Law Clerk in New York, NY

      I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Beautiful offices and, generally, down-to-earth people. Great IT department and resources available for lawyers.

      Cons

      They focus heavily on capital markets work, which can be extremely dry and demanding.

      Cadwalader Wickersham2019-04-30
    • Helpful (4)

      "Dystopian dysfunction. Founders are definitely turning in their graves!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham

      Pros

      Salary and PTO. Benefits are there but very deceiving as their most expensive plan does not provide coverage comparable to other plans in larger environments so essentially you are paying a lot in monthly premium, deductibles, copays for specialists, pharmacy and dental. Ortho is listed but cannot be used unless you go to in network provider. Vision is decent. But this is not an issue for everyone therefore under Pros.

      Cons

      Management lies and makes everything (I mean it!) a personal issue encouraging many colleagues to talk badly about others, creating a hostile environment. Imagine what a daycare would be like without professional adult supervision where a bunch of entitled brats without self control were in charge......(pause here for you to envision this)....... that’s exactly how it seems. Bad management has a domino effect. Wearing...

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      Advice to Management

      Immediately send yourself to leadership and emotional intelligence training. Your fear of staff smarter than you cripples you. Badmouthing your peers and staff to other staff shows your petty and unprofessional side. Stop doing this people know that happens. Being the oldest NYC law firm should give enough retrospective and prevent antediluvian methods that do not work in modern society. Senior management visit your...

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      Cadwalader Wickersham2018-10-30
    • "Attorney"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham part-time for more than 10 years

        Pros

        Amazing clients and innovative attorneys.

        Cons

        Billable hour expectations hinder efficiency.

        Cadwalader Wickersham2018-08-20
      • "Legal Secretary"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

          Pros

          Great work environment wonderful people to work with

          Cons

          Bonus could have been a bit more

          Advice to Management

          None

          Cadwalader Wickersham2018-07-18
        • "Paralegal"

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            Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

            I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

            Pros

            Overtime, positive work environment, great coworkers

            Cons

            expect to work long hours

            Cadwalader Wickersham2018-05-25
          • Helpful (3)

            "Unprofessional and toxic environment."

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            Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
            Doesn't Recommend
            Neutral Outlook
            No opinion of CEO

            I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time for more than a year

            Pros

            The Location would be the only pro to list. Downtown Manhattan is very nice to work. Only pro at this time.

            Cons

            Unstable and toxic work environment. Extremely unprofessional treatment between attorneys themselves and their treatment of the administrative staff. Communication lacking from all departments and hr. Would advise others to not seek out employment here.

            Cadwalader Wickersham2018-03-28
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