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Debevoise & Plimpton Reviews

Updated November 16, 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)

  • The firm also provides plenty of opportunities to do pro bono work (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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

    I worked at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent lawyers, hardworking culture, great firm pride.

    Cons

    long hours, some odd-ball partners.

    Advice to Management

    Foster a more "fun" environment.


  2. "Associate"

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

    I worked at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time

    Pros

    Great people; top-notch work and clients; great staff departments; good office location; plenty of training opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours (consistent with "Big Law"); inconsistent work flow at times

  3. "Great Big Law experience"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training, colleagues, variety of work

    Cons

    24/7 expectations, poor distribution of assignments (senior associates often perform junior level tasks)


  4. "Great firm"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Great culture; diversity is more than a lip-service focus; pro bono is actually encouraged (and supported).

    Cons

    Higher ups can be a bit passive aggressive; lack of timely feedback on assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage timely reviews vs. current once a year sit-downs.


  5. "Great firm"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great attorneys/staff. Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Low bonus for administrative staff.


  6. "Associate"

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

    I worked at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The firm provides excellent training and top notch attorneys and clients.

    Cons

    The partner track is difficult.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "IT Professional"

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

    I worked at Debevoise & Plimpton full-time

    Pros

    Great people and culture. Jerks are weeded out and removed. Great pro-bono program.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

  8. "Good for a law firm"

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    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


  9. "Good for a Firm"

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    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.


  10. "Okay but opens doors"

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    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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