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Cravath Swaine Reviews

Updated October 23, 2018
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Cravath Swaine Presiding Partner Evan R. Chesler
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Pros
  • "If you're on a busy team, like I was, you will be worked hard, but live very comfortably -- expensed transportation and dinner after 8pm and good pay" (in 5 reviews)

  • "A lot of talented and smart people" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Cravath is a fantastic place to work."

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

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As the title says, Cravath is a fantastic place to work. We are the best in the industry and the hard work and attention to detail provides our clients with the best possible solution or service. I cannot say enough great things about Cravath and how well they treat their employees. Hard work is valued and rewarded and at the end of the day, our clients are happy with our results. Also, the people make this place so great, the long time, dedicated staff that makes this place run so well.

    Cons

    Cravath can be slow to adapt to change and could use a fresh look at Information Technology in order to be more efficient.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  2. "BD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people and projects to work on

    Cons

    Hours can be long but it’s meaningful work

  3. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time

    Pros

    Great reputation and exposure to great minds

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance and long hours


  4. "fantastic place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time

    Pros

    high profile matters
    sophisticated clients
    super smart colleagues

    Cons

    long hours
    limited path to partnership

    Advice to Management

    great place to practice


  5. "Great Firm but old school favoritism"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefit packages and work hours are great

    Cons

    No working from home allowed to anyone below managerial level, old school favoritism, hostile to and wary of new hires, use of old technology and other versions to control internal data and info.

    Advice to Management

    Give new hires ample time and training if you want to ensure of their performance to match your expectations, communicate and touch base frequently.


  6. "Challenging but interesting"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues and interesting work. It was exciting to be doing cutting edge projects.

    Cons

    Long hours. Sometimes the deadlines were a bit crazy although this was largely because of the clients.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the future of law and technology because that is where the practice is heading. This is important.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits and good pay, but difficult culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time

    Pros

    Cravath offers great employee benefits, and as a legal assistant living in NYC, it is nice to know that overtime starts after 35 hours (this is pretty huge considering that most companies start overtime after 40). If you're on a busy team, like I was, you will be worked hard, but live very comfortably -- expensed transportation and dinner after 8pm and good pay. Although my base salary was 43k, I made almost double that year with the amount of overtime. However, this is in reverse correlation to my work-life balance, which was awful. I spent more weekends than I can count in the office.

    Cons

    In addition to the drawbacks I mentioned above, there is a very competitive culture at the firm. It isn't uncommon to be guilted into staying later than necessary for various reasons. Some teams are better than others in this regard, but the long-standing emphasis on perfection at the firm makes it difficult to stand up against unreasonable demands. These extremely high expectations coupled with attorneys obsessed with attaining partnership, creates a very high pressure environment in which it is not uncommon to see teammates throw each other under the bus when necessary. The most difficult part about this is that often times the people who do this are not inherently mean people (there are exceptions). They are just under a lot of pressure. Every team at Cravath is unique. Admittedly, I was on a team that was notorious throughout the entire firm for being difficult to work. It is possible to have a positive experience here, but it won't be on that team.

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    "Toxic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time

    Pros

    Pay, work hours, benefits

    Cons

    This place is toxic and extremely racist. People of color beware! No one takes responsibility for their mistakes and would rather blame someone under them. The people are toxic. They act like work is high school and throw people under the bus just because they don't like the person. Beware of this place. Do not let the money and the benefits fool you. Love yourself and find a better place to work. There are multiple firms in new york who can offer the same thing but with a better culture.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect. Stop acting like people who work under you are less human than you are.


  9. "Attorney"

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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 Cravath Swaine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced; high caliber cases; independence and a lot of responsibilities

    Cons

    No work-life balance; demanding atmosphere


  10. "Security"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cravath Swaine part-time

    Pros

    Pay is good, on the job training is a plus.

    Cons

    Very rigid with company policies, not open to realistic changes.

    Advice to Management

    Dont make part time employees do mandatory training on days off. Treat all employees with respect and listen to ideas for change. Former Assistant manager/ now 4-12 supervisor has no law enforcement history or experience therefore unable to relate to staff which is 90% retired law Enforcement.