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Dechert Reviews

Updated November 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Worked for a lot of different law firms over the years (in 6 reviews)

  • Challenging work, supportive staff and typical biglaw salary (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • impossible to have a good work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours 40 hours per week and low pay for support staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "An enjoyable place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dechert full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've worked 12 years at the firm. The people are friendly and the work is interesting. The company is growing a lot.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons, but this site won't let you post unless you write something. They force you to write 2o words.


  2. "Great place for your career if you can handle it"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dechert full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top comp in market, challenging work, great career development

    Cons

    No work life balance. Review process is rediculously painful. They pretty much make you review everybody and everybody reviews you twice per year. It's such a waste of time.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative/ Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dechert full-time

    Pros

    Many pleasant people to work with. A great system of how to get things done! (Teams work cohesively to provide results).

    Cons

    Administration staff is very underpaid and highly expected to provide heavy workloads at times. When communicating a need for help with your workload you are often spoken to by management as if you may not be handling your role appropriately and that it is not as difficult to manage rather providing floater support for example. Roles are constantly combined to provide more support to attorneys without hiring more staff, and there is a constant turn-over rate across the board. Although the general atmosphere is very friendly and most teams are on board to assist you, you can often feel at the lower end of a hierarchy through the administrative management.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees by raising salaries and providing support when they are communicating heavy workloads. Large international firms and other competitors in the legal industry pay legal secretaries/administration at least $65k. Many administrative employees barely reach the $50k mark and that seems very unreasonable for today's cost of living and the line of work performed.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Best decision of my life was to quit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dechert full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people you work with are wonderful, respectful, team players. If you work on a team with clout, you have access to more resources and receive better treatment overall.

    Cons

    I was talked out of filing multiple sexual harassment complaints. I was forced to suffer a hostile environment for years because no one wanted to reign in the repugnant behavior of one individual. Middle management is a complete joke. They raised health insurance premiums because "too many women gave birth." Speaking of birth, if you give birth you WILL be punished for it. They do so via the review process - manufacturing performance issues to justify the withholding of bonuses and raises, and ultimately terminations. There is no diversity outside of a handful of token hires.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves.

    Dechert Response

    Oct 22, 2017

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  5. "Well and good..."

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

    Pros

    The camaraderie here is great! Daily duties are clearly outlined and its easy to keep your skills sharp with the in-house classes and online learning center.

    Cons

    The path to advancement in the company for support staff is not something that seems to be a major priority.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Litigation Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dechert full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is pretty much market value

    Cons

    Not a good litigation firm - not a lot of respect of other firms - ran by corporate folks who don't understand litigation - cheap firm.

    Advice to Management

    Get litigation people to run the firm.


  7. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Typical security of working corporate

    Cons

    Politics is heavy in management and among coworkers/attorneys

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Conflicts Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Conflicts Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Conflicts Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dechert full-time

    Pros

    great people, good benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    no opportunity for growth, terrible work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    create multiple conflicts offices to cover international time zones, know exactly what conflicts department does/does not do


  9. "Dechert Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dechert full-time

    Pros

    Good work, collegial atmosphere, strong practice.

    Cons

    Opaque, less complex commercial work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dechert full-time

    Pros

    Paid my salary on time

    Cons

    Too many layers of management

    Advice to Management

    Meet less and get things done


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