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Davis Polk Reviews

Updated August 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great place to be an associate, great colleagues" (in 9 reviews)

  • "The people are very nice people and expectations are generally reasonable" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, but to be expected in the position (OT significant boost to salary)" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Little room for growth and career advancement" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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)


  6. "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.


  7. "Good Litigation Experience"

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

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Great place to be an associate, great colleagues

    Cons

    Some matters can be tedious and drag for years

  8. "Good place to get trained, but no long-term prospects"

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

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. Interesting work. Top name clients.

    Cons

    No real long-term prospects. Vast majority of associates get pushed out with little notice. Health insurance is terrible.


  9. "No balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Some senior associates enjoy lawyering and teaching.

    Cons

    Expect to receive new projects if you bill less than 10-14 hours any single day, even if you have too many deadlines coming up or a personal event one night. Solution some people have discovered is to not release hours for weeks. Others work slowly and drag small assignments for hours. Brilliant minds are squeezed out for low hours; people with even low knowledge can be on partner track if they have high hours. Lack of personal life, rather than performance, is rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Shift focus from hours to quality of work, knowledge (vs. lack of escalation) and reward efficiency.


  10. "Professional Development Manager"

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

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Great team. Very nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Upward mobility difficult as senior management has been there for many, many years.

    Advice to Management

    Create intermediary titles to develop and retain talent.


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