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Davis Polk Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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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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    • 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


  2. "Looks great for law school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly people, very high profile cases

    Cons

    No consistent schedule, sometimes not enough hours in OT


  3. "Sophisticated, Professional And Isolating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, sophisticated work with sophisticated clients and some of the best lawyers in the world.

    Cons

    Grueling and often lonely -- mentoring is very poor and the work involves a significant amount of alone time in front of a screen. You are a cog in the machine.

    Advice to Management

    Improve mentoring -- not just getting coffee, but allowing associates to take more ownership over their work and participate in all aspects of the business.


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    "Great place to work"

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    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).


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    The firm is well known and respected in the industry. Legal and general staff are friendly, professional, and hard working.

    Cons

    Little room for growth and career advancement


  7. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Typical big law firm experience

    Cons

    no life- work balance, really long hours


  8. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits; the majority of the attorneys are nice, pleasant and friendly. They appreciate and respect their assistants.

    Cons

    There are no downsides to working at Davis Polk. There is nothing negative to say about Davis Polk. No negative experiences at Davis Polk.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management. I have no advice to management. I have no advice to management,


  9. "Davis Polk"

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    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.


  10. "Not a happy place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Smart people and high quality work

    Cons

    Nasty partners and constant stress


  11. "Document Specoalist"

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    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.



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