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Cooley Reviews

Updated August 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment, Great benefits, positive atmosphere for a law firm, casual environment, Good people (in 4 reviews)

  • Great work life balance at cooley (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Heavy workload; difficult to achieve work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Billable hours, normal law firm cons (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    People, management, salary, location, work quality

    Cons

    Partner personalities vary, high hours


  2. "Great Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    The people are what make working here the best!
    Great compensation but benefits could be way better
    Laid back environment
    Weekly socials
    No micro management

    Cons

    Office management needs significant improvement
    There is a disconnect in the firm's values and the employees' perspective
    Training is subpar
    No opportunities for growth in certain positions

    Advice to Management

    Recognize, address and follow -up with voiced concerns and suggestions
    Be accountable

  3. "Great, generous and diversed firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley part-time

    Pros

    The company works hard to have an outstanding culture

    Cons

    Driving to work, there's a lot of traffic


  4. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Great client base of high tech companies.

    Cons

    Not care about billable hours with no emphasis on training.


  5. "Great experience at Cooley. Met a lot of great people and gained a lot of valuable experience."

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    Former Employee - Practice Team Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Practice Team Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cooley is a well oiled machine. You're well trained on every task you're given and set up to succeed. Executives are respectful and helpful. Staff is world class.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about this company. I would recommend it to anyone who would ask. Nothing but great things to say about Cooley.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little less condescending and have a little more empathy.


  6. "Legal Secretary"

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

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

    Pros

    Generous, cares about all employees

    Cons

    Nothing yet except no work from home options for lower staff.


  7. "Great Firm to Work for!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, teamwork! Cooley is very generous in pay and treats their employees well.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity to promote within the firm.

  8. "Director IT Infrastructure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work period.

    Cons

    None None None None None.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Patent Agent in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Patent Agent in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is engaging, and the attorneys and staff are generally pleasant to work with and show an interest in training inexperienced patent practitioners. The attorneys I work with are respectful of my opinion, and place significant trust and responsibility on me.

    Cons

    The hours are absolutely brutal, there is way too much work to go around, and compensation is somewhat below market in Boston. There has been some turnover in the practice which has contributed to the ever-increasing workload.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more junior-level people for the patent practice, and raise salaries to stay competitive with the market.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Strong team collaboration across different offices.

    Cons

    Some partners are extremely difficult to work with. Rigid policy committee.


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