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Cravath Swaine Reviews

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3.5
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Cravath Swaine CEO Evan R. Chesler
Evan R. Chesler
30 Ratings
Pros
  • "A lot of talented and smart people(in 5 reviews)

  • "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)

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

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

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 20 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...

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    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. "Great Place to Work but Low Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The firm works efficiently and the employees of the firm are all great people.

    Cons

    Very low work/life balance here

  3. "BD"

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    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

  4. "Paralegal"

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      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

    • "fantastic place to work"

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      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

    • "Great Firm but old school favoritism"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 2 years

      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.

    • "Challenging but interesting"

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

      I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 4 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.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Great benefits and good pay, but difficult culture"

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      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...

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      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...

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    • Helpful (4)

      "Toxic"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves 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...

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      Advice to Management

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

    • "Attorney"

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

      I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

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

      Cons

      No work-life balance; demanding atmosphere

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