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Cooley Reviews

Updated September 22, 2016
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Pros
  • Great benefits and vacation policy even for new people, great work life balance and people are very reasonable to easy to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Cooley provides great benefits, a friendly environment, a large organized support system, and they also encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle (in 4 reviews)

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

  • as a law firm - poor work-life balance, high stress environment, poor paralegal management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Not worthy to be on the list of "Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work for""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooley (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Monthly socials. Gym reimbursement. Start with twenty days off a year.

    Cons

    Favoritism. Communication is terrible. Dress attire is a double standard. Ladies cruise around (including the lobby and conference room area) in yoga pants and flip flops. I would like to wear basketball shorts a flip flops but know I can't. "Cooley Culture" is a thing of the past - was much better years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and take some accountability.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good overall- some bad groups"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Cooley is a great firm IN GENERAL. Everyone seems pretty happy.

    Cons

    There are certain groups within the firm (within certain practice groups at certain offices) that are nearly impossible to work for. Be wary of joining a group that consists entirely of attorneys from another firm that moved together- they do not represent Cooley well. As someone stuck in that situation, I would NOT recommend Cooley. When able to work with others outside of "the" group, it's a great place. So, really, a mixed bag.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good firm if you work for the good partners"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clients, great salary and benefits, can count pro bono as billable hours

    Cons

    Several partners are rude, condescending and refuse to mentor you or provide constructive criticism (rather they just yell or criticize). People won't hesitate to throw you under the bus to save themselves. Very much a boys club. Don't expect to have a life because you're expected to work all the time

    Advice to Management

    work on mentoring younger associates and provide more positive feedback and training


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "unhappy associates, but high-quality work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    -the best partners are really extraordinary litigators, extremely tough people -- if you become a favorite, you can learn and advance fast
    -biglaw pay

    Cons

    -associates are almost uniformly miserable, many desperately so
    -the same partners who are the best lawyers are also abusive and horrible people
    -favoritism - huge differences in treatment of junior associates. if you don't get singled out for grooming early on, leave


  6. Helpful (1)

    "If you aren't an attorney, this isn't a place to have a growing career."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are looking for a job to just do your thing and leave at 5pm, this place is for you.

    Cons

    As some others have said, this place does discriminate. After being told I was getting a promotion, twice, it was given to someone else. After the second time that happened, I left for better opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being an "all boys" club and let some women in.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience but no loyalty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great corporate law experience and can develop as an attorney

    Cons

    Do not have a lot of loyalty towards employees in tough economic times

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employees ... and try to protect them during tough economic times



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