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  • Great place to get a good start (in 6 reviews)

  • Davis Polk is overflowing with incredibly smart people who will push you to be your best self (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Davis Polk (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    people are polite and very smart

    Cons

    long hours, but that is a part of big law


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    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Davis Polk has great people and interesting, high-quality work. The summer program is filled with great events and lets you get to know your class very well.

    Cons

    The culture is pretty buttoned-up, although that could be a good thing if you have a family at home and do not want to socialize with colleagues a lot.

    Advice to Management

    I think management could do a better job of facilitating events for associates rather than just summers (i.e., make the annual holiday part a lawyer-only event outside of the firm).


  3. "Senior Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Davis Polk is a great place to work. The people are very nice people and expectations are generally reasonable. Good high quality work.

    Cons

    It is difficult to become partner or counsel and there is little insight given in to your changes of doing so. Best of luck to you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You have built a great firm. More experience for junior associates is highly advisable so please do so.


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  5. "Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, cutting edge work, vacation respected.

    Cons

    Long hours with some face time depending on the partner.


  6. "Biglaw is Biglaw"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are friendly, office is nice, support staff are helpful, resources are amazing.

    Cons

    Biglaw is biglaw; the firm owns you, and while they're nice about it, don't expect clear boundaries between your time and theirs.

    Advice to Management

    Law needs to find a way to treat its lawyers like people with needs for independent, non-work time on a more regular basis than four weeks of vacation a year.


  7. "Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The reputation for a collegiate work environment and rewarding, cutting edge work is well deserved. DPW is also becoming a leader in compensation.

    Cons

    In the litigation department, slim to no long term advancement opportunities; no transparency or guidance as to promotion decisions


  8. "Great work with friendly, smart people that you will sacrifice your children to"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very pleasant within the limitations of the work.
    Strong emphasis on being nice to everyone no matter what your position is.
    Your deals make headlines.
    High profits per partner.

    Cons

    They don't make partners anymore.
    Long, unpredictable hours.
    You will disappoint everyone you know when you don't show up to their [soccer game, piano recital, wedding, birthday party, concert, etc.]

    Advice to Management

    Make a partner one day. Adjust staffing to balance work among associates.


  9. "Best employer ever"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Tiffanys of law firms

    Cons

    Wall Street hours year round


  10. "Short, but fine."

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Polite, professional, incredibly smart people and well organized structure and training.

    Cons

    The people are cold, competitive, and partners don't remember you.


  11. "Awesome culture, great experience, friendly people, best place to work in NY Biglaw"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People treat you with respect and make a real effort to avoid needless late night and weekend work, firm morale is very high, consensus is that the firm is headed in the right direction and expanding strategically both from a practice area perspective and geographically. Vacation time is absolutely sacred and everyone takes all 4-5 weeks.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and very unpredictable, but this is the nature of the industry. Not a lot of firm-wide events, would be nice to have some more opportunities for social interaction with colleagues.