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Cleary Gottlieb Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2019

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  1. "Loved working here"

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    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

    Cleary Gottlieb2019-06-25
  2. "Corporate Paralegal - overall great place to work, hours are tough"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    No micro managing. Over time you get to pick and choose what deals you want to be on -- after developing relationships with associates they will specifically request you or you'll even be "adopted" by specific practice groups

    Cons

    Hours can be tough, but that's what to expect at an international law firm like Cleary. You're working for and with the most demanding clients and colleagues. No mobility unless you get a JD.

    Advice to Management

    Pay paralegals more, especially the leveraged finance coordinator

    Cleary Gottlieb2019-06-18
  3. "Don't Waste Your Time"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Management is abysmal, and spread all over the globe.

    Advice to Management

    Need better communication+transparency Stop micromanagers, and favoritism

    Cleary Gottlieb2019-06-18
  4. "Biglaw Associate"

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    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 3 years

    Pros

    Sophisticated work, good pay, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance, 24/7 availability expectations.

    Cleary Gottlieb2019-04-02
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very fair to employees"

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    Former Employee - Senior Client Reporting Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For professional staff, work-life balance is very manageable and strong performance is recognized and appreciated by management

    Cons

    Partners can be demanding and deadlines are sometimes unreasonable

    Cleary Gottlieb2019-03-20
  6. "Great environment if you don't mind the politics"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great environment; employees are diverse and eventually feel like family; team mentality from the attorneys

    Cons

    Admin staff can be a bit political and cliquish; not much room for advancement from within if you are not an attorney.

    Cleary Gottlieb2019-02-27
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Managing Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Managing Clerk in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perfect position for someone coming right out of college. Great benefits. Fantastic on the resume. Lots of time for a personal life as you rarely have to work overtime.

    Cons

    It can be a bit repetitive at times but overall it's hard to beat for a first full time job.

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees grow and develop.

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-11-28
  8. "Great Place to be An Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility; Culture; Lock Step Compensation;

    Cons

    None (other than general cons for the big law practice industry)

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-09-05
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    They treat employees well. Lots of perks. Good community.

    Cons

    Demanding attorneys and environment, but this is to be expected.

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-08-30
  10. "current associate"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

      Pros

      Diverse, friendly, quirky, great exit opportunities. I met some of my best friends in the world here. This is also a great firm if you have any interest in working in an international office.

      Cons

      Unclear how promotions work here. Seen quite a few people get burned. I think if you're looking for a clearer path to partnership you should look elsewhere.

      Cleary Gottlieb2018-08-23
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