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Davis Polk Reviews

Updated October 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "DPW is a very much solid law firm in the market" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great place to be an associate, great colleagues" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, not much variety in cases" (in 15 reviews)

  • "work-life balance is not very good" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging transactions, supportive environment,

    Cons

    Work-life balance typical for a large law firm


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Pay, networking, office, deal work

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable hours, clients

  3. "Good firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strong practice across the board

    Cons

    None that jump to mind


  4. "Lawyer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Exceptional law firm; great reputation

    Cons

    Plan to work hard and maintain high standards


  5. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, people; exciting work

    Cons

    Big law hours are tough


  6. "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Inclusive community with lots of encouragement for personal growth

    Cons

    can require long hours depending on what is going on


  7. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    relaxed, supportive, and well paid

    Cons

    I can't think of any

  8. "Ok place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Cafeteria, 401k contribution, located close to grand central

    Cons

    only cares about attorneys, doesn't care about the staff as much


  9. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good benefits

    Cons

    dual class society between lawyers and non-lawyers (admin)


  10. "Decent people, tough work environment"

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate
    Former Employee - Summer Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with seemed like a decent person and all were quite smart, no one was out to get each other which I've heard is an issue at some other firms.

    Cons

    The traditional law firm structure creates a real class divide between associates and partners, and leaves the associates scrambling to please partners. There's not much control over the sort of work you do and much of it isn't overly stimulating.


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