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Cooley Reviews

Updated January 11, 2018
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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
  • Billable hours, normal law firm cons (in 8 reviews)

  • The day to day experience is typical of other big law firms (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  2. 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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best of Big Law"

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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

    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


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. "Still just a law firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    If you want to work at a "California firm", Cooley is one of the better ones. You'll learn California drafting, law, common sense approaches. It's cool to work with start up and tech companies.

    Cons

    It's just another law firm. You are not getting any kind of "Cooley culture" that will somehow transform your life as a junior associate! The same emphasis on billable hours as any other firm, same challenges actually making and staying partner, same poor management as is typical for any organization run by lawyers!

    Advice to Management

    None! Who would listen?


  7. "Associate"

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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

    People, management, salary, location, work quality

    Cons

    Partner personalities vary, high hours

  8. "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


  9. "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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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