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Debevoise & Plimpton Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Debevoise & Plimpton Presiding Partner Michael Blair
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Pros
  • The firm values people more than most large law firms do and will cut on frills to avoid layoffs (in 6 reviews)

  • Very pleasant to work until attorney you are working for leaves the firm or retires (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • It is a big NY law firm -- long hours, high stress, lots of doc review/due diligence (in 8 reviews)

  • Can be passive aggressive at times (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good for a law firm"

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

    I have been working at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very intelligent and friendly people. Large office space for a NY firm.

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes, and work under a lot of time pressure


  2. "Good for a Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people - smart, respectful. The firm values people more than most large law firms do and will cut on frills to avoid layoffs.

    Cons

    People can be passive aggressive. People may be put off if you are candid and/ or direct with them.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more healthy food options. Improve technology. Take a less rigid approach.


  3. "Okay but opens doors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    laid back culture, good pay and decent benefits

    Cons

    the laid back culture sometimes results in different departments bumping heads and in misinformation being sent around. There is no accountability. Likeable people are appreciated more than hardworking ones.


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  5. "Scrap the stigma of corporate law firms"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly culture for a corporate law firm
    Fair salary for entry level employees

    Cons

    Like any firm, hours can be harsh and unpredictable.


  6. "Litigation Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people you're working with, interesting cases

    Cons

    low salary in comparison to market

    Advice to Management

    x


  7. "Senior Attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people an top-notch practice.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and are unpredictable.


  8. "IS Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Debevoise & Plimpton (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and that's really about it.

    Cons

    The IT Department at Debevoise is probably the worst. There is no structure, the Management doesn't care about you. They say it and you do it, your opinion doesn't matter. I don't know a single colleague who is happy there. Everyone tries to bust each other's chops to get ahead. Most of the engineers don't know anything.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust your peers. You are not God, give appreciation to all and put in a IT Management System.


  9. "Leading Firm with Innovative Practices"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable work-life balance for Big Law firm
    Great firm to develop cutting-edge skills
    Great network for alumni from Top Law and Business Schools
    Incentives such as overtime, meal allowance and car service

    Cons

    High Stress and Heavy Work-Load
    Stringent Deadlines

    Advice to Management

    More investment in employee benefits


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    "Awesome place, but a lot of work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cafeteria is awesome. A statistically improbable percentage of people are good looking, hygienic, nice dressers. In twenty years never has a check been a day late or a dollar short.

    Cons

    Window offices are only for attorneys. Working remotely is only allowed because you are somewhere else doing other work and/or you already put in 12+ hours at the office. At least that's the case for me, maybe it is different for attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees of twenty years of service or more work from home one day per week. We can work during hours that would otherwise be spent commuting.


  11. "Disaster for Administrative Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Debevoise & Plimpton (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Competitive entry-level base salary plus overtime after 7 hours per day (similar to peer firms)

    - Dynamic partnership, featuring brilliant role models

    Cons

    - Must begin as a temporary employee and transition to permanent will be dragged out for months

    - No effort whatsoever to make accommodations for employees who put in full-time/permanent-caliber work when they are temporary employees

    - No concern for the well-being of administrative employees from upper management

    - No incentive-based structure at all; no pay differentials within team; praise from lawyers and middle management means nothing practically speaking

    - Zero room for growth, despite job description's lie to the contrary

    - Raises promised but never delivered (in my case, I was promised a raise I never received 5 months before I eventually quit)

    - Virtually no bonus

    - Expected to be responsive 24/7, including weekends and holidays

    Advice to Management

    Instead of solely focusing on maximizing reportable revenue, spend an extra nickel on the administrative employees to cultivate a satisfactory environment in which turnover is greater than one year and employees actually desire to develop business for the firm.


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