Cadwalader Wickersham Reviews

Updated Aug 11, 2020

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3.2
62%
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Cadwalader Wickersham Chairman W. Christopher White (no image)
W. Christopher White
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "Super smart people, good clients(in 6 reviews)

  • "very smart people, nice offices, good support staff, great compensation, nice coffee, some people are nice(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, some difficult personalities(in 8 reviews)

  • "It's also far from most other law firms that are located closer to Midtown(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Word Processing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging work that stretched your capabilities A dedicated and diverse group of lawyers, partners and support personnel

    Cons

    Have nothing negative to say about the firm

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  2. "Solid firm to learn, hard to grow"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with intelligent lawyers and major firm clients Ample opportunities for overtime pay

    Cons

    Difficult to grow in your position Salary increase is 2% each year Demand can be very cyclical, you can either be really busy or very slow

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  3. "Family oriented firm that could do a bit better for the lower ranks"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Imaging Specialist/Legal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very laid back firm with family type atmosphere. Firm always tried to keep up with latest technology and applications.

    Cons

    Minorities not heavily considered for advancement. Holiday bonuses were on the paltry side for admin staff.

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  4. "Best for CMBS, but little variety."

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

    Pros

    The compensation and the people.

    Cons

    The narrow scope of work.

  5. "Solid big law firm"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great comp; Working to diversify; Good support staff; Nice facilities; Great views; Honest about where you stand

    Cons

    Nothing unexpected--you need to fight for your way, leadership won't pave the path.

  6. "Fine experience"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great PTO, people are nice

    Cons

    salary is not great, hard to work your way up

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Old boy culture, 24/7 work schedule"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Services Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Birthed by fire - if you can make it here you can make it anywhere in legal in NY

    Cons

    Worked round the clock, old boy culture, difficult upward mobility - use, abuse, and refill spots

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  8. "Good exposure to deals but no direction"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can take as much initiative as you want

    Cons

    No one will teach you; Management is cruel and petty; Business model is outdated

  9. "Challenges"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent supervisor (no longer with the firm), great comp and good benefits.

    Cons

    Staff experience a lack of respect from attorneys.

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  10. "Work Hard"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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