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Cleary Gottlieb Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart colleagues, challenging

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, inconsistent commitment to pro bono and associate development

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-07-05
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome experience"

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    Former Employee - International Lawyer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The ambience is really good

    Cons

    So much working hours sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Take a better look at teaming up

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-06-13
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Research/ Library"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    Great Firm, smart, friendly associates.

    Cons

    Turning too corporate, high turnover in admin staff. Not the best managers for administrative staff.

    Advice to Management

    Support staff should be able to review their managers.

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-05-25
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Working for Cleary as an administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cleary is a great law firm for lawyers - forward-thinking and progressive - but for administrators the system is quite different.

    Cons

    For administrators, the system is still very backward. It is top management heavy, and middle management light, and the management is selected based on relationships with top management rather than actual skills. Managers at every level are under-trained in handling interpersonal conflict, and the way HR supports those managers is by paying them lip service but taking no action, or by bullying employees who have complaints...

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    Advice to Management

    HR should offer mediation services to negotiate interpersonal conflict. They should invest more in middle-management training for actually handling people. Upper management needs to set more comprehensive and clear road-maps for changes in the organization of administrative departments and for changes in technology.

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-05-15
  5. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    exciting matters, great lawyers, high level training, great experience

    Cons

    time pressure, but that's expected

    Advice to Management

    keep it up!

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-04-24
  6. "HRIS Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    Unclear Human Resources team direction

    Advice to Management

    Be more resourceful in Human Resources

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-03-30
  7. "DC Associate Review"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People were generally friendly and a pleasure to work with. Good place to start your career if you're looking for something short-term that will look good on your resume . Partners are willing to give young lawyers a high level of responsibility and autonomy if they prove themselves capable of handling it.

    Cons

    Work/life balance was not good and partners don't seem to care. There is little diversity in the type of work that this office handles, which makes it difficult to get new experiences as a young attorney. It's also easy to get pigeon-holed into a type of work that you don't want to specialize in . This can also limit one's exit options if the type of work you do is not viewed as valuable to prospective future employers.

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-03-19
  8. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great work, great culture.

    Cons

    Lots of great work - lots.

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-02-27
  9. Helpful (1)

    "a decent company with interesting legal work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    A very profitable wall street law firm that has a large team of highly professional workforce. Very interesting work and generous PTO time.

    Cons

    the division between attorneys and admins is wide.

    Advice to Management

    more respect for administrative staff

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-03-06
  10. Helpful (1)

    "The best big law firm..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    The people, the staff, the subject matter, the compensation.

    Cons

    When it rains it pours.

    Cleary Gottlieb2018-02-17
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