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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 8 reviews)

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  1. "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


  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. "New Business analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Conflicts Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Conflicts Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooley as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    During my time there (less than a year) I thought Cooley lived up to its reputation of treating employees well. Employee input is usually overlooked but they have a solid system for taking in employee ideas and rewarding them. Nothing major but it keeps information flowing and makes employees feel valued.
    The general on-boarding process was great. They seem to have solid practice support systems in place. The IT group was always responsive and followed through to insure satisfaction.
    More than a few law firms have ended up in litigation because of lazy conflicts checks and I think this department doesn't get enough credit for such an important role, especially considering the amount of business coming in to a growing firm.

    Cons

    They’re in the process of reviewing management in this particular department but the regular full-time employees didn’t seem to enjoy their direct supervisors at all. There were complaints of favoritism but luckily I was able to avoid much of it. I saw some hints of it but participating is an individual choice as long as you do your job.
    Some of the supervisors didn’t seem well trained in basic office technology. I also thought their communications skills were lacking at times.

    Advice to Management

    When I left they were in the process of reviewing management and supervisors in this department so they brought in an outsider to make changes, which seems appropriate. I’d suggest reviewing skills and application knowledge for things like Excel. I think there are some efficiency blind spots that can be addressed if all staff were up to speed.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. "Legal Secretary"

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

    I worked at Cooley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some wonderful people, even the attorneys! They encourage secretaries to attend quarterly meetings where the attorneys give presentations on some of the more important cases they are working on so that one feels more a part of the whole firm rather than just their own practice area.

    Cons

    Some management details are neglected leaving staff scrambling to organize themselves and provide some measure of consistency in their work.


  7. "Cooley paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation policy even for new people, great work life balance and people are very reasonable to easy to work with

    Cons

    Sometimes a struggle to constantly fill your day with billables

  8. Helpful (2)

    "As good as it gets with big law"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Considerate and intelligent co-workers. Excellent facilities and IT support. Enthusiastic paralegals and secretarial staff. Senior attorneys respected junior attorneys and treated them like a human beings.

    Cons

    Typical big law hours make work/life balance difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more associates to spread out work and provide better work/life balance.


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company really takes really good care of their staff

    Cons

    There is nothing about the company that I don't like


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Positive"

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    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salaries; interesting work; nice colleagues; jeans 5x a week; office location

    Cons

    Elitists; colleagues don't socialize together often; firm parties are in-house


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