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Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • When it comes to actual substantive work, top-tier law firms all do the same stuff and you'll work roughly the same hours (in 9 reviews)

  • Great company very nice people great benefits advancement opportunities international travel good company holiday patties (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Demanding job which may disturb your work-life balance significantly (in 10 reviews)

  • The firm requires the same long hours of most big law firms and there is limited scope to pursue alternate career paths (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "As good as it gets as far as big law goes"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am a lawyer at the firm. Pleasant colleagues (mostly) to work with, good administrative support, exposure to headline transactions and valuable learning experience. Good view from the office. Market-level compensation.

    Cons

    No work/life balance (although it'd be naive to expect it at a NY big law); lack of transparency regarding promotion; up or out; expected to be available 24/7.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Still recovering from the professional RAPE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the most interesting people and the partners , associates, clients were amazing. Great benefits. You are exposed to many different cultures

    Cons

    I worked this firm for 10+ years. I have read the other reviews and I agree with a lot of what they said. It is a culture of seductive incentives with a trap house attachment. When I first started with the firm there was such an optimistic atmosphere and you wanted to give your all. Then as time went on you realized​ that you have been professionally molested, by an insufficintly untrained manager that had no idea about the work that the staff that they are managing is doing. This leaves you at a disadvantage when any work concerns arise because they can not be objective when they don't have skills to help you. Forget about going to HR.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just nod your head when a staff member has concerns, follow up ,give productive advise that will benefit all . Nurture your great employees and know when it is time let go of the people who are literally sucking the life out of you staffs morale and ability to produce effectively.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Firm, Great People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cleary lawyers are easily some of the best and brightest. Importantly, the firm actively cultivates lawyers with interests outside the law.

    Cons

    The firm requires the same long hours of most big law firms and there is limited scope to pursue alternate career paths.


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  5. "Accounts Payable Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Some micro management from supervisor


  6. "Excellent law firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best colleagues and the most interesting work in biglaw.

    Cons

    Still biglaw. Three more words.


  7. "Litigation Technology Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Litigation Technology Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation Technology Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Manager is very knowledgeable about e-discovery and data processing

    Cons

    No room for growth and it's very difficult to move from one department to the other


  8. "Financial Institutions Research Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Institutions Research Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Institutions Research Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    friendly, interesting work,mind challenging,

    Cons

    long hours, on call after hours

    Advice to Management

    listen to your staff


  9. "Great firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Everyone is very supportive and invested in other people's growth. The firm has adequate measures to encourage mentorship. They value work-life balance.

    Cons

    As with any firm, sometimes you work long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. "Benefit"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cleary Gottlieb has great benefits.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth in certain department. Your hard work will go unnoticed.


  11. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stimulating work place; nice people. It's great to be in a more specialized practice group where you have better control of your schedule.

    Cons

    Happiness depends largely on which partners you work for.


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