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Cleary Gottlieb Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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Pros
  • If you're going to work at a top-tier corporate law firm, Cleary is probably the best place you can choose to work (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, great benefits, nice people to work with (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The firm's attitude towards work-life balance seems very one-sided (in 12 reviews)

  • Long hours and work can be repetitive (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Cleary Gottlieb - Litigation Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and a good team.

    Cons

    Tough hours and some lawyers are difficult to deal with.


  2. "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, Great life-work balance, great team, year-round events

    Cons

    Salary, ability to stand out, not much room for growth

  3. "Corporate Paralegal disenchanted with law."

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

    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time (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.


  4. "Former Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice pay and benefits, prestigious law firm, big clients

    Cons

    Very intrusive colleagues. First year associate do basically paralegal work

    Advice to Management

    Involve first year associates more and give them meaningful work


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Still recovering from the professional RAPE"

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    • 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.


  6. "Interesting Work/Great Colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Cleary has interesting/challenging work and great colleagues

    Cons

    Long hours and poor work/life balance


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Firm, Great People"

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    • 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.

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

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Accounts Payable Assistant"

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    • 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


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    Diverse and friendly environment demanding the highest quality of work.

    Cons

    The location is not the best for lunch options.

    Advice to Management

    Do a great job and you will be rewarded.


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