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Dechert Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Free snacks on Fridays and convenient location (in 3 reviews)

  • great people, transparent process, collegial (in 3 reviews)

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

  • Work-life balance could be improved (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dechert full-time

    Pros

    Dechert offers associates top litigation experiences on unique and interesting matters. The collegiality of the firm is terrific, and the compensation is top notch.

    Cons

    I really do not have any downsides to being at Dechert. There are times where I am extremely busy, of course, but that is both to be expected in any major firm and a good sign of progress.

    Advice to Management

    I think the firm should continue on its course -- seeking great candidates to be associates, offering top notch and hands on training experiences, and encouraging pro bono work for both value and training experience.


  2. "As good as it gets in traditional Big Law"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, 200 pro bono hours count as billable, market pay and bonuses.

    Cons

    Typical Big Law firm with billable hour requirements, etc. Your experience depends entirely on your practice group and client teams within that group.


  3. "associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    interesting, cutting-edge work, good lateral opportunities

    Cons

    long hours, lack of transparency,


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  5. "Corporate Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dechert full-time

    Pros

    Smart lawyers and good support staff

    Cons

    Experience is dependent on the team you work with


  6. "Danger Will Robinson Danger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The phones and elevators work.

    Cons

    Minimal training provided. Firm had a death of work and financial distress, I was pushed into signing a non-disclosure agreement denying i was let go and worried of retaliation if I did not sign. I was treated with a complete lack of respect, don't think my experience is uncommon and can state from experience that employees are pressured to give positive reviews so would urge anyone to research further.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and honesty

    Dechert Response

    Mar 6, 2017

    Thank you for your feedback. We take all feedback very seriously and have a strict policy against any type of retaliation. We value all of our employees and take great strides to ensure everyone is ... More


  7. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top notch lawyers and professionals. Great medical. Good benefits.

    Cons

    High pressure at all times. Work-life balance could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Train members to be team players, for greater cohesion with colleagues and others.


  8. "Great Firm!"

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

    I have been working at Dechert (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are genuinely nice, collaborative, team oriented and customer focused. I have found the HR team to be professional, knowledgeable, and supportive.

    Cons

    Very lean organization on the business services side. Sometimes too lean which may lead to burn out for some people.

    Advice to Management

    Value business services staff. You need them to help run the business so the lawyers can focus on working with clients.


  9. "Director"

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

    I worked at Dechert full-time

    Pros

    Great work. Money was good

    Cons

    Highly intense and orderline abusive

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees the way you want to be treated and how you treat your clients


  10. "Depressing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good money but that's about it

    Cons

    The firm has downsized in Philly to the point that there are only a few floors left - lots of layoffs

    Advice to Management

    HR department is unprofessional


  11. "Great law firm."

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

    Pros

    Excellent firm. Really care about the attorneys and staff.

    Cons

    Salary is competitive for attorneys but lower for staff.



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