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  • A great place to start, either in the legal or financial service field (in 8 reviews)

  • great people, challenging work, market compensation (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Davis Polk"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Davis Polk (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Davis Polk gives opportunities to those seeking work experience. A great place to start, either in the legal or financial service field. Great environment, great people and very informative in-regards to the industry. DP helps any individual grow more professional and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Work hours can be very long. It's this way for every entry level profession.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to lead a great team of intelligent individuals.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • 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. "Document Specoalist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Document Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Document Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent reputation. Wonderful staff with a great degree of control and monitoring.

    Cons

    Some non-legal departments have lousy management.. Don't fully realize how changes, whether direct, or indirect, can affect newer non-legal subordinates.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy the time you have with others. Cherish the ones you have and trust more in their abilities.


  4. "Senior Associate"

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    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.


  5. "Associate"

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    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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    • 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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    • 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 Environment with Unpredictable hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Manager is fair and pleasant to talk to.

    Cons

    The hours can be taxing at times.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Good place to grow"

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

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    The environment is highly intellectual, which makes it interesting to work in and the people employed by DPW are great to learn from. I find the cafeteria to be a plus (the breakfast is top-notch).

    Cons

    The hours can be quite long and unpredictable, but that's as expected, given the nature of the work. Sometimes the work/life balance is a bit difficult.


  10. "Best employer ever"

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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

    The Tiffanys of law firms

    Cons

    Wall Street hours year round


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