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Davis Polk Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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Pros
  • 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. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Outstanding, talented colleagues with good hearts
    -Significant responsibility and client contact early in career
    -Interesting work

    Cons

    -Any cons are systemic to Big Law (hours, unpredictability, etc.)


  2. "Top-Notch Firm"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Professional environment, top-notch lawyers, high stakes litigation

    Cons

    Long hours, not much variety in cases

  3. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Exit opportunities, mentors in senior associates, friendships with juniors associates, $ amount on deals

    Cons

    Long hours, FaceTime requirement, constant and unnecessary stress, partners don't want to teach, personal life not valued

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on FaceTime requirement, grow prioritization, project management and people management skills in senior associates


  4. "Legal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Kind work place environment - great place to work.

    Cons

    None - they do a great job of providing an amazing work environment.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work and learn.

    Cons

    Very stressful day with high expectations from your team.


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    8 hour workday with 1 hour for lunch

    Cons

    not much room for advancement


  7. "Assoicate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work. It is nice.

    Cons

    I have no cons to share.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management!

  8. "Excellent firm, excellent experience"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing place to work with super smart attorneys. Well run and very well managed for Big Law. Excellent range of legal experience for young associates and great sophisticated clients.

    Cons

    Typical Big Law challenges apply - unpredictable hours and some intense deals make lifestyle challenging, but this is true of any sophisticated law firm. In all, much better lifestyle than NY offices.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Receptionist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    stability, easy to get comfortable. My boss was very understanding.

    Cons

    There is many changes taking place. Bad benefits, NO ROOM FOR GROWTH!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Get a whole new team!


  10. "Great if you started decades ago, a stepping stone for recent hires"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid benefits, wonderful coworkers, general sense of pride in great work

    Cons

    Overstates internal promotion. They used to do that a lot but stopped years ago, so many managers "worked their way up" pre-2000 but new management positions are filled from outside applicants. Managers can also refuse to allow transfers if they "need" that employee- so I knew many employees to eventually quit when they couldn't move to a better position or a different schedule for no other reason than their manager wouldn't let them go. In many cases other departments had sought them out, but the manager refused to approve the transfer.

    Advice to Management

    Show paths to promotion, and hire internally.


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