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Updated Jun 27, 2022

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Pros
  • "Very structured and the benefits are great(in 62 reviews)
  • "Pay is decent(in 13 reviews)
  • "Cordell takes care of its employees and you are awarded for your hard work.(in 8 reviews)
  • "Good Salary and Bonus Structure.(in 7 reviews)
  • "Management is always coming up with ways to get better, and best practices are employed throughout.(in 7 reviews)
Cons
  • "I bonused the first year because I was killing it with billing, but the following year they changed the bonus structure and it was unattainable.(in 8 reviews)
  • "They fired my manager and assigned me a new supervisor.(in 6 reviews)
  • "sometimes the pool of applicants is low so they don't always hire the best; the recruiter will emphasize work life balance but whether they really give you flexibility and work/life balance depends on your boss; there's no way to really tell upper level management anything so you're definitely stuck with your immediate supervisor's way of doing things; Christmas party in St. Louis is expensive and practically mandatory even though it's in December and on a Friday & Saturday night when you'd rather be with your family during the holidays; bonus structure changes OFTEN so don't rely on that when deciding whether to take the job(in 3 reviews)
  • "Better communication can help ease those pains going forward.(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Amazing Company and Amazing People

    Jun 27, 2022 - Litigation Attorney in Lincoln, NE
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I have worked at Cordell since November 2019 and am leaving only to change practice areas away from family law. Cordell has given me amazing benefits and great compensation since day one. They were (and continue to be) flexible regarding the hybrid work environment, and my direct supervisor, Regional Managing Attorney Jerrad Ahrens, is the best supervisor I've ever worked for. Cordell uses KPI metrics to determine position within the company and eligibility for bonuses, leading to a more mathematically-based bonus level than the typical touchy-feely metrics at other firms. Cordell was very respectful of my decision to change practice areas. The people I worked with, from my paralegal and assistant to other attorneys at other nationwide offices, were amazing to work with. Internal trainings ensured I was up to date on best representation practices.

    Cons

    The KPI basis of bonuses change rather frequently, and can be difficult to understand. Advancement opportunities seem to be limited. Occasionally the corporate structure of the support staff can overcomplicate things (such as ordering certain things) that otherwise should be pretty simple.

    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Best of All Worlds Firm

    Jun 25, 2022 - Litigation Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Cordell offers the opportunity to practice law at a high level of skill and professionalism, in a collegial environment of fantastic, dedicated colleagues (both attorneys and staff) across the country, while still recognizing and respecting that everyone has a life outside the office. Unlike most law firms, Cordell handles the business side of practicing law really, really well; the Firm operates like a good corporation should, with a smoothly functioning internal structure, appropriate levels of support across the board and exceptional employee benefits and perks (honestly, the best I've ever seen or heard of in a law firm). Perhaps as a by-product of a more "corporate" setup, the Firm offers a myriad options to attorneys for advancing their own careers; we have three internal business tracks, each of which offers unique and rewarding advancement options, or you can opt out and simply manage your clients and caseload. Cordell truly is the sweet spot for an attorney who's looking to practice law with great people, help clients through a truly difficult time and be recognized and appreciated by the Firm for his or her efforts.

    Cons

    Cordell holds its attorneys (and staff) to high standards, including internal metrics, all of which truly make you a better attorney and employee, if followed. It's not an easy bar to clear, though, so these standards would be a con to someone not accustomed to practicing law at the highest level.

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great Place to Work

    Jun 22, 2022 - Litigation Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The firm has low annual billable hours requirement, allowing for extended vacations and flexibility in scheduled to attain work / life balance. The firm promotes teamwork and collaboration, resulting in great relationships in the workplace. There are multiple avenues for promotions and partnership.

    Cons

    Family law cases and clients can be very emotionally and mentally exhausting, regardless of at which firm you choose to work.

    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Best place to work

    Jun 21, 2022 - Lead Litigator 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The growth opportunity is incredible and I feel very supported in all my endeavors at the firm. The health insurance and such is unbeatable.

    Cons

    I really cannot think of a down side to the firm. Collecting on AR or TR is what it is called here can be tricky.

    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Happy To Work Here

    Jun 1, 2022 - Litgation Attorney 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The compensation structure is fair in consideration for the level of work expected

    Cons

    There are several layers of management that can create an inefficient operation.

    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Fun place to work but tough to advance

    Jun 20, 2022 - Assistant District Attorney 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Collegiality is high. Job satisfaction from working in a team environment and helping people victimized by crime is huge.

    Cons

    Depending on who is in charge at the District Attorney level, the stress can increase or decrease by that person's down-the-chain support and leadership. Also, the caseload is high, which provides it's own stress, and advancement is fairly flat.

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Nice career move

    May 28, 2022 - Legal Assistant 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good pay benefits bonus perks

    Cons

    Gossip train not a team effort everyone for themselves

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    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 3.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    S’okay

    Jun 9, 2022 - Associate Attorney 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Solid Pay Relaxed dress code

    Cons

    Believes clients over their own attorneys on certain matters

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  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Hostile Staff Running off lawyers

    Jun 26, 2022 - Lead Litigator in Southern, LA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits for a 60 hour work week.

    Cons

    Staff (LOA's LLA's & Paralegals) hold Attorney's hostage and hinder client cases. No ability to report to "HR" or to manager, b/c staff reports to another company. Managing Partner encourage the lawyers to just 'talk it out' when staff outburst in front of clients, constant push back and "that is not my job" in response to work assignments.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Awesome Place to Work

    May 5, 2022 - Senior Attorney in Columbus, OH
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Cordell offers a great work environment, competitive salary with many benefits, tools and resources!

    Cons

    The firm is very large but each individual office brings a small office feel.

    1 person found this review helpful
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Cordell & Cordell Reviews FAQs

Cordell & Cordell has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 224 reviews left anonymously by employees. 83% of employees would recommend working at Cordell & Cordell to a friend and 80% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -6% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Cordell & Cordell employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.4 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Cordell & Cordell. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

83% of Cordell & Cordell employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Cordell & Cordell 4.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.0 for culture and values and 4.0 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Cordell & Cordell to be culture, career development, benefits and the cons to be workplace, management.

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