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Updated January 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Interesting work, good benefits, more positive people than negative (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people, super collaborate, intensely committed to Pro-Bono work, SUPER smart (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is hard to achieve especially in certain practice groups (in 5 reviews)

  • I worked long hours but almost every one does; I wish I'd had a more congenial mentor (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Recommend"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, super collaborate, intensely committed to Pro-Bono work, SUPER smart. Extremely interesting work.

    Cons

    Long hours - hours are often unpredictable


  2. "associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Many excellent partners who care about teaching and mentoring associates. Good partners far outweigh the ones to avoid. High quality of work in many practice groups. Generally there is respect for personal lives. Highly respected firm in DC.

    Cons

    The pace of the work can be unrelenting and the hours long. Firm has become extremely large and impersonal. Has a culturally uptight and old fashioned reputation, which is largely true. Some practice groups offer far greater professional growth opportunities than others.

  3. "Good luck!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You do get your paycheck.

    Cons

    You are just a number!

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat people as human beings.


  4. "Head of Ops"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Covington & Burling full-time

    Pros

    Great Exposure to additional functions in field

    Cons

    No work life balance and tough benefits


  5. "Genteel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time

    Pros

    Very genteel for attorneys. Some siloing.

    Cons

    The attorneys who are actually good at litigating aren't necessarily the ones who make partner.


  6. "An alright place to start"

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

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot and worked with good people.

    Cons

    A bit too stuffy at times.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talent you have before it leaves.


  7. "Improvements needed in Conflicts Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time

    Pros

    Decent Benefits/PTO
    Very nice and clean work environment

    Cons

    Poor management of conflicts department

  8. Helpful (1)

    "One of the Best International Law Firms to Work For!"

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    Former Employee - Client Service Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Client Service Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is such an amazing company culture at this firm! The people, the vibe, the scene, and the shared vision & values really exemplifies the sophistication & effectiveness of Covington & Burling. There is also this sense of respect, kindness, and togetherness between management, staff, & attorneys to help each other in their roles which ultimately benefits the entire firm. If you need assistance or if someone is asking for your assistance to take care of any task, there is always that reassuring helpful hand to reach across the table to lift people up and accomplish every goal-big or small. There are also some really cool events & gatherings. So management, staff, & attorneys really connect and work together in multiple ways to create an amazing work place. Covington & Burling is definitely one of the best international law firms to work for!

    Cons

    Sometimes there are very busy days which will call for working late nights and working overtime. But it all works out in the end!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do! Thanks for being so awesome & supportive to the staff. The leadership you provide really lifts up the staff morale & makes an amazing professional environment for all at Covington & Burling!


  9. "Good Global Law Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covington & Burling full-time

    Pros

    Global firm with lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    Large firm can be too sprawling for some people.


  10. "Very nice firm to work for."

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, great culture, excellent health coverage . Plenty of days off. 1st year you get 24 PTO days. The firm contributes 10% to your 401K.

    Cons

    Not enough support staff for certain departments in NY office. Be prepared to do some things that are not in your job description.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ideas


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