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Cravath Swaine Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Cravath Swaine Presiding Partner Evan R. Chesler
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Pros
  • Great people; great benefits; stability (in 7 reviews)

  • The essence of a worthy law firm inclined (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • expectations and work load too high; hard to attain work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours, almost unmanageable expectations, little care for anyone as an individual (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent training, challenging work, brilliant lawyers

    Cons

    Long hours, some partners can be difficult to work for


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, great atmosphere, very hands-on experience.

    Cons

    Long hours, but paid overtime.

  3. "The Greatest Show on Earth"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work, amazing people, really great benefits. What's not to like.

    Cons

    It's not for the faint of heart. You will work really hard.

    Advice to Management

    As if...


  4. "Litigation Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, loyalty to employees, stimulating work environment.

    Cons

    Hard to have work/life balance at times.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Nasty to Doc Reviewers"

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    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They pay time and a half for overtime. They have nice digs and will give you a meal card if you work on site.

    Cons

    They are rude to document reviewers, and treat them like third class citizens. They think nothing of calling you on a Sunday night to tell you are no longer needed on Monday. They are late with taxi receipts and use any excuse to deny them. Why offer the service if you don't want to pay out?

    Advice to Management

    I know you are at the top of the heap and can treat people like garbage, but that doesn't mean you have to.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Work hard, never smart. Department is unwilling to change and change is needed from the top down"

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    Current Employee - End User Support Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - End User Support Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free water and air conditioning. Free shoe shine machines in each bathroom. They have direct deposit. Occasionally someone will acknowledge you in the hallway .

    Cons

    Every day you work here, you kill a tree. You have to print everything. No respect for work/life balance. You'll get calls and emails, that aren't a priority, constantly from management

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with respect. The benefits are no longer top notch, and the firms reputation has gone down since IT is so poor. You'll have to compensate with more money or you'll lose people


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company but managers made it very hard to excel."

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are good but was much better 15 years ago. Cravath is a prestigious law firm and looks great on the resume. I had some excellent experiences with some partners.

    Cons

    Management was not very encouraging. They added unnecessary stress even though we gave it 110%.

    Advice to Management

    Be more positive and nurturing.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "IT Department is a hard one to survive in"

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    Former Employee - Former IT Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Former IT Staff in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cravath Swaine full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cravath as a whole is a great company. Good benefits, good pay.

    Cons

    Big discrepancy between legal and non-legal staff. And if you work in IT, be prepared to be treated by IT management as work-horses. Expected to be there no matter what. Told that since legal staff will be working remotely in certain cases (i.e. bad weather) - it is unacceptable for the same to be said of a department fully able to work remotely. Inserted so many middle layers of management that it makes it hard to get work done since there isn't enough people doing the daily work. And favoritism definitely exist internally in the department.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone with the same level of respect and start paying more attention to work-life balance. Don't disrespect or discount the people who value home life as much or more than work life.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Great place to develop skills such as attention to detail
    - Great network for alumni from Top Law Schools
    - Good incentives such as overtime, meal allowance and car service

    Cons

    - High Stress/Heavy Work-Load
    - Hierarchical mindset among Partners and Associates

    Advice to Management

    Recognize workers who are unwilling to work cooperatively and provide disincentives to discourage such behavior. Despite the firm's emphasis on efficiency and quality, too much slack exists and little is done to correct it.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable, friendly environment, flexibility, emergency children's center, good medical benefits. Company makes every effort to work with you to improve bad reviews and offers several warnings and opportunities for improvement. People who are terminated have earned it. HR department is one of the best group of people. Company is very generous in thanking administrative staff and makes staff feel appreciated.

    Cons

    The amount of time new mothers who are administrative staff are allowed to spend with their babies after birth is severely disproportionate to attorneys and not reasonable at all. It used to be much more realistic and respectful. Recent high copays and cost of prescriptions implemented are overwhelming and very little notice was given. Very top/middle management heavy, no need for that many supervisors and meetings are often called just to justify positions.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that administrative Staff have limited income and need better notice when expensive changes are about to occur. Recognize that most administrative staff use their bonuses to pay for holiday presents and offer it more than a week before the holiday as many are left scrambling last minute. Thin out the ranks of middle management.


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