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Updated Sep 19, 2021

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3.7
61%
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94%
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Cravath Swaine Presiding Partner Evan R. Chesler
Evan R. Chesler
42 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits, most people are friendly and are dedicated(in 8 reviews)

  • "The essence of a worthy law firm inclined(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "No control over timing of work and long hours(in 18 reviews)

  • "Typical biglaw work/life balance(in 12 reviews)

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    It seems partners are much more flexible with associates who have kids than with those who don’t. If it’s okay for my colleague with a kid to leave at 5 pm and log on later, why isn’t that the same for me (no kids)? My obligations might be different, but I still have a life and want to be able to do certain things, like catch that evening workout class or cook dinner for my partner. As you can probably tell, my firm is operating 100% in person. There is no point here — I’m just whining.

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      great

      Sep 19, 2021 - Assistant Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      loved the job all around

      Cons

      none can think of tihjt noe

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Good Experience

      Sep 15, 2021 - Paralegal in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Smart People, Learn the World

      Cons

      Long Hours, Difficult Bosses at times

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee

      You are expected to sign your life away

      Aug 30, 2021 - Paralegal 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The money is good and there are some not so terrible people here

      Cons

      When a young associate suddenly and unexpectedly died two weeks before trial, the team had a five minute zoom call announcing his death before immediately resuming work assignments. Makes you wonder how many minutes a paralegal's death announcement zoom call would last. That is what this firm is at its core: a ruthless place where sheer output is the only thing that matters. No amount of free meditation classes (which no one even has time to attend) or talk about mental health and "self-care" can paper over that reality.

      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      N/A

      Aug 9, 2021 - Attorney in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Substantive experience with dedicated colleagues

      Cons

      Intense, challenging and unpredictable lifestyle

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      80 hour work weeks; working like an attorney but for less pay and benefits

      Aug 1, 2021 - Paralegal in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Gravitas; experiencing a taste of life as a first year Big Law attorney in NYC; connections; great benefits package and you won’t make more money as a paralegal anywhere else

      Cons

      80-100 hour work weeks; no ability to plan out life; social and personal life takes a toll; feels like you’re working in an office from 1985

      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Sink of Swim - But Real Deal

      Jul 18, 2021 - Associate in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great exposure and high responsibility makes you grow

      Cons

      Beholden to the culture in your group

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good experience

      Jul 28, 2021 - Attorney in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great training for new attorneys

      Cons

      Long hours, working weekends ofte

      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Top of Industry

      May 20, 2021 - Corporate Paralegal in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good culture and interesting work

      Cons

      Bad hours & work/life balance

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Litigation Paralegal

      May 29, 2021 - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Opportunity to learn about big law, chance to work on high-stakes litigation matters

      Cons

      Inability to have any work life balance, expectation to be on 24/7, unreasonable deadlines

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great firm!

      Apr 19, 2021 - Intern in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Intelligent colleagues, great benefits and strong corporate infrastructure

      Cons

      Stuffy atmosphere, fairly pervasive atmosphere of stress

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