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Cooley Reviews

Updated January 10, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great work environment, teamwork" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Good people to work with in all departments" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Billable hours, normal law firm cons" (in 9 reviews)

  • "The day to day experience is typical of other big law firms" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with in all departments

    Cons

    No downsides to this company


  2. "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, work on weekends

  3. "Great Place to be Long-Term"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Great food on site, lots of PTO, revenue sharing, etc.

    Cons

    It's far away from my house but can't blame the company for that,


  4. "Case Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Practice Team Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Practice Team Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooley (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My other peers were really helpful and supportive whenever I needed help with anything. Many of the secretaries and paralegals, and other employees that work here are really nice and will go out of their way to ask you about your day. Some of the work I did here was indeed meaningful - gave me a lot of good insight and perspective as well as making that relationship with an attorney.

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement - I understand there are protocols for the upper managemnet to follow and rules that need to be enforced. However, when it came to communicating those rules and standards, I felt like I was left in the dark. Additionally - it seemed like there were rather different standards for each person that was a part of the same team making it difficult to decipher where you stand. Heavily scrutinization over small mistakes and no recognition for a job well done or good feedback from peers.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate your standards that you set for people on your team clearly and keep those standard the same for each person. Also, I feel like its important for the supervisor managing the team to recognize achievements of an individual instead always focusing on their weaknesses.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Starts well and drops off"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Early in your career, you get a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Later in your career, nothing has changed.


  6. "This place is great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Cooley is an extension of family. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about cooley


  7. Helpful (1)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    There are too many managers, most of whom are micro-managers. No actual work can get done. Managers say they want your input and then do whatever they want anyway. There is no respect for junior employees.

    Advice to Management

    The staff in the IP department is miserable. Stop making changes and listen to your employees.

  8. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Family Friendly. Always feel supported. Great Place to work

    Cons

    I don't have one bad thing to say.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfuctional office enviornment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Generous PTO. Competitive salary. Excellent secretarial and support staff. Free parking.

    Cons

    Harassment in the office is not addressed in many cases. Rules and policy don't apply to everyone. Difficult commute.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a competent HR team in San Diego that will adhere to firm policies and handle personnel issues fairly and effectively.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Corporate Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits. Lots of free food. Discounted Fitbit watch. Cooley cool-downs. Beautiful office

    Cons

    They want your life to revolve around the job. VERY LONG HOURS. They expect you to respond to emails after hours and on weekends. They expect you to work on weekends. Not very much training. Rude management.

    Advice to Management

    Employees have personal lives as well. Try to value that.