Cleary Gottlieb Reviews

Updated May 14, 2020

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4.0
74%
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78%
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Cleary Gottlieb Managing Partner Mark Leddy
Mark Leddy
53 Ratings
Pros
  • "A very profitable wall street law firm that has a large team of highly professional workforce(in 12 reviews)

  • "Highly capable, friendly, and outgoing colleagues; international work environment; cutting-edge legal work(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and early opportunities for substantive work

    Cons

    The same challenges that all big law firms have

  2. "Great place to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    friendly people, challenging work, good pay

    Cons

    the hours can be long


  3. "Overworked & underpayed"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    once in a while you could get a probono where you got substantive work; some of the people were nice

    Cons

    you work long hours on projects that often feel pointless; you are not payed enough to do this; the environment and culture are stressful and cut throat

  4. "Where careers go to die"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good PTO package, that's about it.

    Cons

    Everything. Management is completely clueless and decisions are made out of fear and brown nosing. The amount of incompetent people in the IT department here is mind boggling.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "The best of big law culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Brilliant, fun people. Interesting and important work. Top tier international presence and reputation. Serious commitment to and respect for pro bono work.

    Cons

    Still big law - long hours and traditional hierarchy.

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    "Good"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant 

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    Company perks were pretty good

    Cons

    Company politics were pretty bad

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Quality of life is typical biglaw.

  8. "Good law firm"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, nice offices, interesting deals

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Junior level work dan be boring

  9. "Great Law Firm"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere and smart colleagues

    Cons

    long hours and zero work-life balance

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Loved working here"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent management and amazing benefits

    Cons

    Salary not on target in comparison to other companies

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