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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 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for. Always felt like one big family."

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    Former Employee - Web Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Web Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nationwide firm, excellent benefits, fantastic salary.

    Cons

    No real cons to report. This was a great company to work for, before the Kronish merger, so hopefully not much has changed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the vision and values from the Cooley Godward days!


  2. "Good people"

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

    I worked at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Good people, highly respected firm, opens doors to interesting law careers. The work can be interesting but can also be boring, just depends. Some interesting tech clients. Good out of office culture.

    Cons

    Having to bill in 6 minute increments is a fact of life in big law firms. Bummer.

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

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    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!


  4. "An exceptional place to work."

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay and treatment of staff

    Cons

    lack of work could be an issue moving forward


  6. Helpful (3)

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

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    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.


  7. "Cooley review"

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    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!

  8. "Business Analyst"

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    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


  9. "Best place to work if you work for a law firm."

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

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive and employees love Cooley. Friendly and respectful. People actually like and care about each others success.

    Cons

    Not working here earlier in my career. Can't think of anything bad.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Cooley Family Culture as we grow.


  10. "Solid, innovative firm"

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

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is very collegial.

    Cons

    Most problems are worked out quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Promote continued teamwork and flexibility.


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