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Cadwalader Wickersham Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Professional, smart people, hardworking, great facilities, great support staff (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • High expectations, long hours, labor intensive deals, business driven (in 6 reviews)

  • Once you are hired you realise that the management team has no regard for you and your work life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great office views and cafeteria, manageable workflow

    Cons

    far location, no job offer


  2. "Long hours, but work is interesting and people are pleasant"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, senior attorneys are mostly decent

    Cons

    Demanding hours, management is not very transparent

  3. "Worked there until 1998"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

    Pros

    It was an intellectually challenging work experience

    Cons

    Partners seemed unhappy and they projected


  4. "Doomed and Dysfunctional"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Blue chip clients and some extraordinary talent and expertise.

    Cons

    The firm is in general decline, so morale is not good. All of the departments outside of capital markets/corporate are essentially gone. The firm remains profitable for its partners as long as the CMBS market remains robust, but when there is a downturn (and there always is), associates will be fired wholesale as they were in 2008. Cadwalader finds it impossible to retain mid-level associates as they generally realize that life and their career prospects would be better elsewhere. As a result, supervision of junior associates is haphazard, at best. The firm culture tolerates abusive and nasty partners who would have been canned long ago anywhere else. The firm's efforts at attracting lateral partners have come to naught and the current management team is composed almost entirely of people who have never worked anywhere else. The firm pays lip service to diversity and inclusion, but that seems to mean women as opposed to people of color (who are nowhere to be seen in the firm's management). It's a shame, because this was once a great firm with distinguished lawyers.


  5. "Left for Greener Pastures"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice facilities. Great Copy Room staff.

    Cons

    During my tenure, there was not a Paralegal Coordinator and one was sorely needed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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

    I have been working at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

    Pros

    Pays market rate
    Decent time off policy
    High-quality clients

    Cons

    Firm is in decline
    Negative, passive aggressive culture
    Horrible partners who should have been forced out years ago
    Animals are treated better than admin staff
    Nearly all associates are treated as disposable rather than invested in


  7. "Do your research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent staff overall, incredible views

    Cons

    Substandard compensation for staff; business is retracting

  8. "Secretarial Services Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing. Benefits are one of the best out there.

    Cons

    Extremely hard to move up in the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    See the worth of your administrative staff.


  9. "Junior capital markets associate attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadwalader Wickersham full-time

    Pros

    High profile deals, industry recognition, experienced and highly-regarded partners, great in-house training and a good assignment delegation process with an assignment manager.

    Cons

    If not senior enough to be indispensable, partners will not invest in associate's career development. High expectations, long hours, labor intensive deals, business driven.

    Advice to Management

    Establish a system to train partners to show interests and investment in associates' career development, trust associates and train them to meet the reasonable expectations.


  10. "CWT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, great environment.

    Cons

    Seems to be in a transitional phase, but likely not for long.


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