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Cleary Gottlieb Reviews

Updated 5 Sep 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
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    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for 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!

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-10-22
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    "Great place to work!"

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    Associate in New York, NY
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    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb

    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.

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-10-12
  3. "The best sweatshop law firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    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. When it comes to actual substantive work, top-tier law firms all do the same stuff and you'll work roughly the same hours. What differentiates them is the people. And the people are Cleary are some of the most intelligent, interesting and kind people I've ever met. Makes it much easier to work all... the time, often day and night, when you're surrounded by great people.

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    Cons

    It's a sweatshop like all the rest and you won't have much work-life balance. But that's the reality of working at a top-tier corporate law firm.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for women to take a long-term break when they have children. Perhaps even establish a formal, longer, track to partnership for people who might want 1-5 years to have children (and actually see them when they're young and require lots of attention).

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-09-29
  4. "Great firm"

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    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb

    Pros

    The people were great to work with. They are very smart and hard working, and do high quality work for clients.

    Cons

    The hours are very long. That's common among firms like Cleary and fundamental to the job, so you have to be ready to do that or this won't be a good experience.

    Advice to Management

    I'd suggest maintaining the relatively open assignment system. It's a good way for people who like working together to find each other.

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-08-18
  5. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
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    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cleary is a terrific firm, full of smart people. What sets Cleary apart is the people. Not only are the people smart, but they are human. Overall, they tend to be understanding and good team players, and all dedicated to working hard and delivering high-quality advice and products.

    Cons

    Working at a law firm requires dedication to your work, but, if you are going to do that, this would be a best choice.

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-07-24
  6. "LItigation Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
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    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Perfect job for a recent college graduate that does not want to be a career paralegal and/or is thinking about law school. Exposed to a wide variety of cases and acquired a lot of hand on experience. Car home and free dinner if you work after a certain time. OT pay.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve. Some attorneys are happy to teach you, some will belittle you and yell. Most people leave after their two year commitment. They do feel like they own your time so weekends and nights are not unheard of.

    Advice to Management

    I would say better trainings, but it is impossible. The variety of tasks that a paralegal might have to do varies. They do an ok job at helping people if they ask for help.

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-03-08
  7. "Great Summer Program"

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY
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    I worked at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Really fun events - Lots of flexibility to work with practice groups - awesome international options

    Cons

    - Wish I could have gone more in-depth for some projects - felt like I didn't get to know my whole summer class with people coming/going all the time

    Advice to Management

    Focus on a way to lengthen the time the entire summer class is together and engaged in doing things.

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-03-04
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    "good place to work"

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    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time

    Pros

    collegial supportive smart and hard working colleagues.

    Cons

    as expected hours can be demanding but management encourages balance

    Cleary Gottlieb2016-01-06
  9. "Admin Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    everyone was really nice and welcoming, very laid back although the lawyers had to be high strung, admins have little to now work and get paid well to pretty much browse internet

    Cons

    no cons really, everyone very respectful and just wants to do their work and progress up the law ladder, cant complain!

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what your doing, they've obviously made the firm successful internationally, they honestly dont really need admins anymore though

    Cleary Gottlieb2015-09-24
  10. Helpful (1)

    "associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
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    I have been working at Cleary Gottlieb full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great law firm good environment great deals

    Cons

    no cons, everything is great here

    Cleary Gottlieb2015-09-17
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