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Cooley Reviews

Updated April 2, 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. "Recruiting Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, fun people, solid benefits

    Cons

    Office can be difficult to navigate


  2. "The Cooley Way!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Professional, respectful and mutually supportive management team. Great pay, benefits and atmosphere of professionalism. Cooley Staff Appreciation was OVER THE TOP! They really know how to spoil their employees when they show their appreciation. The integrity and values of this firm are reflected on a day to day basis. They are always looking to improve, seeking contributions and input from employees and are always approachable and open. Not surprising they are on every "BEST" list year after year!

    Cons

    Not a thing comes to mind!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the GREAT Work!


  3. "Current Employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clinton, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clinton, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Firm / Great working environment
    Great Pay
    Metro Accessible
    Good on-site parking
    Valued by management
    Drama Free
    Supervisor fair and Understanding

    Cons

    I personally do not have any cons to working at Cooley.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best of BigLaw"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people, high-profile clients, less terrible than other biglaw firms

    Cons

    Billable hours, normal law firm cons


  6. "Legal/executive assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very supportive management, ability to grow and enhance skills.

    Cons

    The only con is sometimes there is a hierarchy where attorneys are above staff instead of more of a team atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage attorneys to treat staff more equally, especially the first years.


  7. "Business Analyst"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, friendly atmosphere and wonderful management

    Cons

    No cons for Cooley

    Advice to Management

    Great management


  8. "Cooley review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior BIS Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior BIS Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Cooley are very professional. They are intelligent, almost a shoe in for every possible position. But best of all, there is a friendly atmosphere within the office unlike any other firm I had the pleasure of working for.

    Cons

    What can I say? There aren't too many negative things to say about an organization the thrives in excellence. I would have to pass on any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Have a nice day!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Cooley's culture and its people make it stand out as a great place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cooley strives to create a strong office culture, as well as an overall firm culture. There were social events, announcements about peoples' and teams' personal and professional achievements. Doors are open for you to pop in and ask questions. The promotion criteria was clearly laid out and transparent. Compensation increased regularly. My manager was very attentive to my concerns and was truly an ally.

    Cons

    The work-life balance depends on your group, their case load, and the partner's managing style. I worked with a particularly busy team for a micro-managing partner. She had high expectations, but she also recognized good work, rewarding it with more responsibility.


  10. "An exceptional place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work; great opportunities to work with exciting new companies; less politics than at other firms

    Cons

    demanding clients; long hours; sometimes can lack supervision


  11. "Amazing place to work... where the words Work Family actually make sense!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. You are never made to feel like you're less than competent simply because you don't know how to do something. Questions are answered with genuine desire to help and inform. Open communication is a very real thing at Cooley. Various fun-filled work events are held often.

    Cons

    None so far that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Continue open communication between staff and attorneys. It feels great to feel like part of the team!


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