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Simpson Thacher Palo Alto Reviews

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Palo Alto, CA

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Simpson Thacher Chairman William R. Dougherty
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Pros
  • a leader in compensation, great clients with high profile work, challenging and unique deals, intelligent and incredibly hard working colleagues, (in 4 reviews)

  • Like in other law firms, the apprentice model means that you have a built-in learning cycle (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Definitely be prepared to spend a lot of time in the office - not much of a work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Top clients come with long hours (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place for non-attorney staff. HR dept is horrendous."

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    I was a legal assistant. Solid benefits package, OK pay (seems comparable to other big firms, maybe on the lower end), mostly decent attorneys (of course with some arrogant or awkward ones)

    Cons

    Office culture is depressing, low morale, clear divide between attorneys and non-attorney staff, shoebox-sized offices for staff, strict time-off procedures, HR is horrendous both professionally and personally

    Advice to Management

    Get better HR people if you want better morale across the organization


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stressful environment"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at a top law firm
    Interesting cases
    Talented attorneys

    Cons

    Sexist attitude in workplace
    Significant overtime
    Many weekends
    Lots of last-minute projects
    High-stress environment

    Advice to Management

    Encourage office culture to be more professional, less fratty.

  3. "NY law firm - what do you expect."

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    Current Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good reputation and high profile clients.

    Cons

    Unpredictable schedule - often difficult to make/keep plans.

    Advice to Management

    Don't think they'd ask for or expect any feedback.


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