Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Reviews

Updated Jun 1, 2020

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Chairman Brad S. Karp
Brad S. Karp
69 Ratings
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  • "Long hours, but this was as-advertised(in 20 reviews)

  • "Hours are unpredictible and does not allow for work life balance(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Palatable way to make it through big law"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time

    Pros

    less pressure about week-to-week hours than other big law firms; generally cordial environment; interesting work; less concern about spending money on perks than other big law firms; quirky and interesting personalities; very supportive of non-big law career goals and very connected in a lot of different areas of the legal world

    Cons

    has quite a few neurotic associates and partners; uneven distribution of great experiences - in your first two years, you could go to trial twice on small case teams or you could end up doing doc review for two years - be proactive if you can

  2. "Some good people/teams, others not so much"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time

    Pros

    Not many besides some people/teams that had brains and were decent people.

    Cons

    Lunch started going down hill, no work from home policy, associates and partners were 50/50 on decent vs terrible to work with.

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  3. "Good People, Terrible Pay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the associates are really nice, great support staff

    Cons

    They underpay paralegals terribly. Sure it's technically "hourly" pay, but some weeks you may work 90+ hours and they don't really care, claim that's "just the job". The associates must not realize how little we make compared to them, because they make comments about how we work a lot but the pay makes up for it. Often times in prep for trial I was working more than any other associate, because they took turns working and I could not, yet they still make 5x more money than I do. Definitely makes you feel unappreciated.

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  4. "Management needs some work"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Conflict Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    PW is very intense, but the pay and the facilities are very nice. Staff in the cafeteria are very kind.

    Cons

    I was not motivated to work because I was yelled at and chastised for any mistake that I made. This is usually because upper management yells down the chain to the people they work under, and the cycle keeps going. That is how you learn at Paul Weiss (at least in my department). If you can drink the koolaid and fit in, it's great. You'll need to be intense and able to take criticism well. I don't think I was ever praised by my boss the nine months I was there. This particular position was never designed as a "fun" position, so keep that in mind before seeking a job here.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Management can destroy an entire team."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    TOXIC ENVIRONMENT. There are individuals in supervisory positions that they have no business being in. For example, the manager of the concierge division encourages divisiveness amongst her reports and often engages in bullying tactics. Has a one-size-fits-all approach to m anagement. Doesn't lead by example. Focuses on blame, rather than solutions and support. Uses her team as pawns for her own success. Lacks Focus. Takes credit for others' work. Has absolutely no respect for her employees. Rules are inconsistent and reports in said division are often misrepresented on their annual reviews and nitpicked at in order to justify giving out poor bonuses

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great firm with a great reputation.

    Cons

    Staff attorneys can never become associates. They're treated as the "B-List" of attorneys.

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Finance department needs work"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time

    Pros

    Very talented legal attorneys. I truly believe we have some of the best attorneys in the field. Some managers are truly inspirational and are great teachers. Good work-life balance most of the time. Benefits are very good as well. Eric Sekler is one of the nicest and most amazing leaders I’ve ever worked for.

    Cons

    For such a big law firm, I am surprised how behind PW is compared to other firms. They do not offer a work from home program to ANYONE, and are losing talent because of this. Most of the employees in the finance dept have been there for over 10 or 20 years, so they always fall back on the crutch of “well, that’s how we’ve always done it and it’s not changing”, which is a mistake. There needs to be change to have progress, and they will keep losing talent if they don’t realize this soon. Also, some of the veteran staff are, frankly, not good. They’re extremely rude to others, don’t care about their job (and have voiced it several times), and yet they’re still here, while the new employees are leaving in quick numbers. It almost feels like PW values seniority over talent. This past year, the finance employees rated the dept extremely low compared to other depts., and management still doesn’t understand what is wrong???

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  8. "Excellent environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Culture of excellence, Firm strives to do right by employees, Socially responsible, Inspiring leadership

    Cons

    Not all departments managed as efficiently; No bridge between legal and non-legal employees

  9. "Intense"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator 
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent standards in work product, great collegiate-ship

    Cons

    Has a constricting culture and lack of space for innovative and practical improvements

  10. "Famous NYC law firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    35 hour workweek; diverse environment; mostly very smart people

    Cons

    Offers little opportunity for advancement

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