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Cooley Reviews

Updated January 11, 2018
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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
  • Billable hours, normal law firm cons (in 8 reviews)

  • The day to day experience is typical of other big law firms (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous, cares about all employees

    Cons

    Nothing yet except no work from home options for lower staff.


  2. "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.

  3. "Director IT Infrastructure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work period.

    Cons

    None None None None None.


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Strong team collaboration across different offices.

    Cons

    Some partners are extremely difficult to work with. Rigid policy committee.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm, great clients, some leadership and management challenges"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clients (particularly in Silicon Valley), great case experience. Lawyers were generally very bright and hardworking. Some major stand-out partners providing good mentorship and feedback. As good as any Biglaw firm to get your chops out of law school.

    Cons

    With a few exceptions, partners in my department were not interested in developing associate talent. I witnessed many associates being driven out instead of being developed, and this occurred more often with the female associates. There is a "blue collared shirt/khaki" club that dominates several practice groups. Working hours were long, billable pressure significant, but that is to be expected of any Biglaw firm. There were several rounds of layoffs during my time - they called them "performance based" reductions - but everyone knew the truth.


  7. "Associate"

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

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Energetic partners and terrific clients

    Cons

    It's a big law firm.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Respectful coworkers, laid back vibe

    Cons

    Compensation not up to market standards


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place, has some cultural issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooley full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are smart, motivated, lots of different project options.

    Cons

    There is not a strong team- people do not work together to help each other succeed. Every man for himself. Several NY partners have changed the laid-back SF culture.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on team success and cohesiveness.


  10. "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.


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