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Cooley Reviews

Updated October 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work environment, teamwork" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and vacation policy even for new people, great work life balance and people are very reasonable to easy to work with" (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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Senior Business Intake and Conflicts Analyst"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Positive work environment and transparency from management. Management is very good at showing how much they care for employees. Great culture and values.

    Cons

    I have no cons about Cooley.


  6. "Support Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Culture and great people doing it the "Cooley Way"

    Cons

    I honestly cannot state any cons....no place is perfect but Cooley does it quite well!


  7. "Bottom Line"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston College, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston College, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Near impossible to get fired. If you are looking to do the bare minimum or have zero work ethic and get paid top dollar than this is the place for you!

    Cons

    There is essentially no one to manage you. If you are not bringing money in, you are inconsequential. You are left to manage yourself , no one has your back and wanting to improve falls on deaf ears. Putting work onto others is the norm, sleeping at your desk is tolerated and toxicity is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. Goes unheard or disregarded. Too bad that what is labeled “best place to work” is far from

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, interesting clients

    Cons

    Office is extremely busy, we could use more help!


  9. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and good co-workers

    Cons

    Benefits program is a bit expensive


  10. "Positive firm culture, but poor department management"

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

    I have been working at Cooley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - firm as a whole values staff as much as attorneys
    - firm culture embraces diversity and transparency
    - good base salary
    - yearly bonuses
    - active lifestyle health incentives

    Cons

    - rapidly growing departments, but under staffed
    - demanding, high pressure work with little recognition
    - no growth opportunities
    - managers are looking for workhorses and do not prioritize providing professional value and job satisfaction
    - minimal PTO and expensive (and limited) medical benefits

    Advice to Management

    Allow staff more flexible schedules and options to work remotely.


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