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Cleary Gottlieb Paralegal Reviews

Updated Aug 4, 2017

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  1. "Great experience."

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cleary has a relaxed yet professional corporate culture. For a large top tier firm, there is surprisingly no stuffy attitude.

    Cons

    There is a growing trend at the firm towards a more traditional outlook regarding the interactions between senior and junior associates.

    Cleary Gottlieb2017-08-04
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate Paralegal disenchanted with law."

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    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart Lawyers. Very fast paced. Lots of opportunity for overtime. Perks are great (subsidized cafeteria, cars home, lots of PTO). Paralegals are very close with each other.

    Cons

    Work is mind-numbingly boring. Disconnect from the paralegals and deal teams. Little to no opportunity for advancement. Base pay is low.

    Cleary Gottlieb2017-06-02
  3. "LItigation Paralegal"

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

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Perfect job for a recent college graduate that does not want to be a career paralegal and/or is thinking about law school. Exposed to a wide variety of cases and acquired a lot of hand on experience. Car home and free dinner if you work after a certain time. OT pay.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve. Some attorneys are happy to teach you, some will belittle you and yell. Most people leave after their two year commitment. They do feel like they own your time so weekends and nights are not unheard of.

    Advice to Management

    I would say better trainings, but it is impossible. The variety of tasks that a paralegal might have to do varies. They do an ok job at helping people if they ask for help.

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-03-08
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Litigation Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High Profile Cases, better than average pay, some of the big law perks trickle down to the paralegals

    Cons

    No work life balance. Associates are the only commodity of value. Paralegals are just smart, ambitious college grads that they run into the ground and replace.

    Advice to Management

    Care for your employees and you wouldn't have so much burnout, resentment, and turnover

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-02-23
  5. "Not a bad first job (litigation paralegal)"

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    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A great first job - there is a lot of support and understanding for the steep learning curve of a litigation paralegal's responsibilities; you can have the opportunity to work with intelligent, highly respected individuals; the pay and compensation is admirable; if you are lucky, you can get some very interesting cases and have the opportunity to perform substantive tasks

    Cons

    The work is, for the most part, administrative; the hours can be insane (3 am night happen) and often you are obligated to stay late without prior warning; there is very very little opportunity for mobility without a law degree

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is straight out of college does not necessarily mean that they need to be micromanaged. Find ways for paralegals to be more integrated into their cases and perhaps create an opportunity for upward mobility for those who decide to stay and not go to law school.

    Cleary Gottlieb2015-12-11
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent firm to start legal career"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb

    Pros

    benefits, awesome PTO, very good managers, cafeteria, location, technology is up to date (outlook, computers ect.), innovative firm, top 10 law firm, great international presence

    Cons

    very difficult to advance, hight turn over, doesn't hire from within nearly as much as it should, work/life balance can be a tough

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within more! and create unique roles if you want to keep someone from leaving!

    Cleary Gottlieb2015-07-08
  7. "Corporate Paralegal"

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

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb for more than a year

    Pros

    1) Fair pay 2) Management assigns work based on talents and work preferences 3) Friendly and intelligent coworkers 4) Great work infrastructure

    Cons

    1) Long hours 2) Stressful, high-pressure, tight deadlines 3) Work is not spread out over time. Periods of downtime are interspersed with periods of high work intensity 4) Not enough emphasis put on employee development

    Advice to Management

    Seek to find ways to spread out workloads more evenly. Seek out ways to develop employ talents.

    Cleary Gottlieb2015-06-08
  8. "Great firm!"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collegiate culture, smart and motivated colleagues

    Cons

    Hours can be very long

    Cleary Gottlieb2014-02-06
  9. Helpful (7)

    "They pay you well to forget you are a human being."

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very smart, very professional people; some people were fantastic to work with. Pro-bono and volunteer opportunities. Great brand name. Get to work on big-name cases. Great paycheck and benefits, ok perks.

    Cons

    Insane working hours, rude attorneys and partners, no sense of work ownership, largely grunt work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your human capital better and maybe more of us would stay. Train your attorneys to work better with non-attorneys.

    Cleary Gottlieb2014-02-11
  10. "Great stable company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable environment, no major layoffs

    Cons

    Obviously long hours and managers can be hit or miss

    Advice to Management

    Paralegal management needs attention

    Cleary Gottlieb2014-01-04
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