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Cooley Reviews

Updated March 11, 2017
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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)

  • Friendly colleagues, interesting projects, and decent pay package (in 3 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 (1)

    "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.


  2. "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.


  3. 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.


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  5. 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


  6. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cooley (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    interesting and cutting-edge work if you are in one of the core practice groups

    Cons

    Cut-throat atmosphere, lack of leadership within group, and in the office


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a staff member - Cooley has a lot of benefits for a big firm while still feeling like a small firm. Pretty generous gym reimbursement, in office socials, etc.

    Cons

    Promotion potential can be tricky because a lot of departments are leanly staffed. Sometimes people can feel overworked, but mostly they just find it hard to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Better succession planning for staff. Get rid of some of the dead weight in departments.


  8. "Sr IT Operations Manager - West Region"

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Operations Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Operations Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits with higher than other industry pay. Also a nice bonus program for staff. The firm is on sound financial ground and seems to be moving up. Culture of Cooley is rock solid.

    Cons

    Supporting attorneys is not for everyone. Can be a challenging and demanding environment and many IT staff are on call 7/24.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what they are doing. I enjoyed my time at Cooley and would definitely go back.


  9. "Great law firm"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Collegial culture, great people; great location in SF

    Cons

    Demanding hours; bad work/life balance


  10. "Patent Prosecution Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GREAT PLACE TO WORK and there is no micromanagement.

    Cons

    Needs more patent prosecution training for those who have less than 5 years of IP knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more within the firm.


  11. "Good law firm"

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

    Pros

    Friendly and with good pay

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen

    Advice to Management

    More training/mentoring for staff/managers



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