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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Well managed, great people, terrific lawyers (in 6 reviews)

  • Brilliant attorneys, cutting edge and interesting work (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, tasks are repetitive, (in 13 reviews)

  • Not much to say here except that good work-life balance can be difficult to achieve (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well managed, great people, terrific lawyers.

    Cons

    Big law = long hours.

    Advice to Management

    keep it up!


  2. "Administrative Support Department"

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

    I have been working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely a nice firm with good benefits. There are many who are committed to excellence and take pride in their jobs. Firm is well recognized for its pro bono work and its human rights work.

    Cons

    Many inexperienced people in managerial and supervisory positions. Firm promotes based on seniority rather than accomplishments. In a given department, it seems like a handful does the work while those with seniority takes extensive breaks. Those in management positions are rarely around, and when they are around, never contributes or participates in the "hands-on" day-to-day operations of the department(s). They are always running around and claiming to be busy when in fact they are not. Numerous complaints from different employees regarding slackers goes unaddressed - leads to low morale. Training is very poor in this firm.

    Advice to Management

    You should have suggestion boxes. The officers of the firm should do random sampling among the support staff to see what really goes on in the support departments. Too many slackers in departments which causes low morale and over billing of client tasks.

  3. "A Non-Attorney's Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Very smart people
    - No sense of organizational 'hierarchy'
    - Opportunities for interesting work

    Cons

    - Work hours can be long

    Advice to Management

    - provide more training opportunities and opportunities for lateral movement


  4. "Staff Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Better than average pay for the type of work

    Cons

    doc review is mind numbing

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities to move up or diversify work load.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is challenging and you learn a ton here. I fee like I have developed very good legal skills by starting my career here. There is a genuinely strong commitment to pro bono work and tackling important issues in society and the public sector.

    Cons

    The culture and morale here is horrendous. There is zero work-life balance and partners/clients do not care at all about any personal commitments you have and will constantly ask you to cancel them and work instead with no questions asked. When I started at the firm, the culture in the corporate department was strong and there was a very collegial feel. Years later, it now feels like the firm's leadership does not care one bit about morale or culture as long as they can increase profits per partner each year, which is disheartening. Knowing what I know now, if I could go back in time I would not have chosen to come work at Paul Weiss. Extremely difficult work environment in the corporate department.

    Advice to Management

    There is more to running a firm than maximizing profits. You used to compare Paul Weiss favorably to firms like Cravath and Kirkland because of the strong, friendly culture we had that didn't exist at all other firms. Then you went ahead and hired two of the most high profile partners from Cravath and Kirkland.... The culture has changed a lot for the worse in recent years, which is too bad.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Buy In or Move Out"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Generally nice staff
    Culture of excellence
    Very loyal to non-attorney staff
    Once you buy in and prove yourself, you're family

    Cons

    Everyone is either a trained lawyer or has been working for lawyers for years, and lawyers are trained to nit-pick, expect perfection, and harp on every little mistake.
    Non-attorney staff still pressured to be responsive and attuned to 24-7-365 attorney and client schedules.
    Lots of attorneys and senior managers feel very entitled

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest about expectations for non-attorney staff.
    Focus on the existing strengths and weaknesses of your staff and manage to their strengths.
    Say thank you more.


  7. "a good place"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very smart peolpe and great environment to learn

    Cons

    long hours can be problematical

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Staff Attorney"

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    Former Employee - In-hous in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - In-hous in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing firm that takes diversity seriously. Top lawyers in the field...the best in the business

    Cons

    Not much to say here except that good work-life balance can be difficult to achieve.


  9. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Contactor in McLeansville, NC
    Former Employee - Contactor in McLeansville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    There are no cons, great job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, understanding and receptive management, excellent people (associates, partners and staff)

    Cons

    Red tape involved if remote work is sought by an employee however occasional or necessary

    Advice to Management

    Please allow easier access to remote work environment


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