Davis Polk Reviews

Updated May 23, 2020

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4.2
85%
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94%
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Davis Polk Managing Partner Thomas J. Reid
Thomas J. Reid
38 Ratings
Pros
  • "Exceptional law firm; great reputation(in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "Professional and supportive environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    -lots of growth opportunities -dynamic work-environment -friendly and professional community -one of the few places that honors an hour-long lunch break

    Cons

    There are none at the moment

    Davis Polk2019-10-07
  2. "Challenging"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    You will get a lot of experience very quickly. Most co-workers are great.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are limited and the partners have become increasingly stingy with benefits.

    Davis Polk2020-05-23
  3. "Good enviroment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    very friendly working environment.

    Cons

    stressful deadline and need to work late

    Davis Polk2020-02-25
  4. "A truly international law firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    High caliber of work and collegial working environment

    Cons

    Long hours and unpredictable workflow

    Davis Polk2020-02-15
  5. "Good place to begin your legal career"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Corporate Senior Staff in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation, great learning environment, lots of work and responsibility at a junior level

    Cons

    Rigid, lack of investment from counsel and partners

    Davis Polk2020-01-28
  6. "Good collaborative culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Big law is always difficult, which is why it's so important to work with the best people. The lock-step culture here promotes collaboration among different practice groups, which makes a huge difference when a client has asked a difficult questions that requires checking in with multiple people.

    Cons

    The culture is more passive aggressive, which means you could get very good reviews for years and then find out that they think you have areas for improvement that you could've been working on this whole time.

    Davis Polk2020-01-21
  7. "Good people, lots of overtime"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    nice people, good culture and social events

    Cons

    lots of overtime, no work/life balance

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    Davis Polk2020-01-21
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent at what it does, not at all recommended"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Lawyer 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, friendly support staff, excellent exit opportunities

    Cons

    Same as any law firm most likely. There is practically no management, except in certain groups. Communication is massively unclear and very rare. It's a community of people who think the same in terms of career path, and most likely never did any exploring. For that reason, once in, it's very difficult to conceptualize getting out. Hours are extremely long, frequently for no reason. Support staff is minimal, which means attorneys are doing clerical work such as patching calls, hand making calendars, etc. This is then billed out to the client at the attorney rate, which is obviously much higher than for a secretary or assistant.

    Davis Polk2019-12-14
  9. "Perfect place to start your career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant 

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Perfect place to start your career

    Cons

    No promotion opportunities for legal assiatant

    Davis Polk2019-09-19
  10. "Wonderful Firm"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal 

    I have been working at Davis Polk full-time

    Pros

    Extremely hands-on team. Everyone very thoughtful and genuinely cares about your growth as an individual both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    I don't have any negative comments.

    Davis Polk2019-07-16
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