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Covington & Burling Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Pros
  • COV has great benefits and an excellent cafe for staff (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people and Attorneys everyone is top in there fields (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is hard to achieve especially in certain practice groups (in 4 reviews)

  • Bonuses at Covington were below market, but that is understandably part of the trade off when working for a law firm that isn't a shark tank (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Solid firm treats employees well"

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    Former Employee - Legal Sec in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Sec in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They run the administrative support department well. Most folks I worked with were happy with Covington.

    Cons

    My own secretarial supervisor should not have been a supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to the admin assistants/secretaries: the attorneys would be lost without them.


  2. "Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Elite. People are smart, knowledgeable, willing to teach.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours. Satellite offices have no clear goals.

  3. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with.

    Cons

    Not much training for secretarial staff.


  4. "Good firm with Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    COV has great benefits and an excellent cafe for staff.

    Cons

    I don't know of any major cons worth noting.


  5. "It's okay..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PISD Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - PISD Employee in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my tenure with the company . I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for growth.


  6. "Great Firm"

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

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time

    Pros

    Team at Convington are great. You work with wonderful people on interesting matters. Always feel challenged and enjoyed working at a high caliber.

    Cons

    It is a not a novel observation, but billable hours are a grind. Work life balance can be difficult at times, especially when balancing a spouse and family.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people. Try to work with valued associates on hours so not to lose talent too early.


  7. "Senior Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with multiple departments

    Cons

    If not busy can be really slow.

  8. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great experience from top-notch lawyers

    Cons

    work-life balance is hard to achieve especially in certain practice groups


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Shipper/Receiver in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Shipper/Receiver in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and Attorneys everyone is top in there fields

    Cons

    I will miss working there


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere, intelligent professionals, and small-firm feel"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything about Covington & Burling is a blessing. As my first job since graduating college, I could not be more amazed by the atmosphere and level of professionalism. You're surrounded by some of the most sought-after associates and partners, yet they treat you as a peer and even friend. I have been here for just about 4 months and I already have great relationships with many amazing professionals. Willingness to teach is a huge plus!

    Cons

    At times it can be slow, but if you ask around there are always people in need of help.


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