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Cooley Reviews

Updated June 25, 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. "Wonderful people and high -caliber practice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooley part-time

    Pros

    High salary, great people, and amazing opportunities to learn and enhance your practice.

    Cons

    Lots of time required, with little work-life balance. However, you should not be surprised at this and if you are at Cooley it is for a sprint, and not necessarily long-term.

    Advice to Management

    Keep you fingers on the pulse of the long-term legal market to ensure that your business model evolves with the market. Don't get stuck.

  3. "Associate"

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

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful coworkers, good pay

    Cons

    Long hours, always on call


  4. "Cooley"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The firm pays market comp

    Cons

    No billable hours credit for business development work


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Five Stars"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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