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Cooley Reviews

Updated April 10, 2018
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Pros
  • Great work environment, Great benefits, positive atmosphere for a law firm, casual environment, Good people (in 5 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. "Great Law Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    culture, colleagues, clients, collegiality and independence

    Cons

    its still a big law firm


  2. "it's ok."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    I did actually learn stuff....

    Cons

    ...at the expense of my billable hours total. And that counts for everything.

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    "Cooley really does care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Cooley treats its staff with respect and acknowledges that we're human beings. They (upper management) are actively and constantly trying to improve work processes so we can excel and be as efficient as possible at our jobs. I've worked with partners, associates, and agents that are kind, down-to-earth, and show appreciation for their staff as well.

    Cons

    The San Francisco office does not have some of the same perks and amenities as other offices, although I'm sure a large part of that is due to the fact that it's located in an older building. Even though the people there are great, the physical environment of the office itself leaves much to be desired (especially the crowded and poorly ventilated womens' bathrooms).

    Advice to Management

    Continue treating your staff with respect, and if it's possible at all to improve the physical environment of the San Francisco office, that would be worth investing in.


  4. "Fantastic culture and professionalism"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Puts people first like almost no place I've ever worked
    Perks and benefits are solid
    Supportive environment
    Lots and lots of people work here for 30+ years, and its easy to see why

    Cons

    None that I am aware of. There's a lot of work to do; expectations are high but that's not even really a criticism.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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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 Benefits
    Great Perks
    Great Co-Workers
    Great Atmosphere

    Cons

    The commute to/from can be a bit crazy.


  6. "IT Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Flexible wfh days. Great benefits!

    Cons

    Long commute to SF office.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Five Stars"

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    Current Employee - IP Lit Secretary in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - IP Lit Secretary in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits and health incentives

    Cons

    There's really aren't any real cons

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best of Big Law"

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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

    Top Pay; solid foundation; on a trajectory to become an elite firm across practice groups

    Cons

    it's big law... Elite and balanced don't always go together; a bit of an identity crisis for early stage group and hourly rates


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Overall, Cooley's a great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Laid-back, yet still professional and skilled environment.
    Very different from other "typical" law firms and their culture.
    Great pay and benefits.
    Generous paid-time-off.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are good, but they're very expensive.
    Staff management is really out for the convenience and benefit of attorneys and higher-ups, as opposed to the actual staff, leaving staff feeling unsupported and without a true voice.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the cost of medical benefits to staff.
    Hire someone in management that is a true advocate for staff members and not someone who's solely out for the benefit and convenience of attorneys - a better balance should exist.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooley (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people and good raises.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is much overtime, depending on your area of law.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to staff.


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