Simpson Thacher Reviews

Updated Jan 1, 2021

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Simpson Thacher Chairman William R. Dougherty
William R. Dougherty
23 Ratings
Pros
  • "Simpson is a strong law firm that works with the biggest banks and private equity firms(in 8 reviews)

  • "Lots of high-profile clientele and very interesting deals(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lean team, long hours, stressful(in 21 reviews)

  • "Definitely be prepared to spend a lot of time in the office - not much of a work/life balance(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Loved my time there"

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Engaging work. Top-flight coworkers and clients. Best of NYC Biglaw in a family-friendly D.C. setting.

    Cons

    It's still BigLaw. The hours add up.

  2. "Good paralegal experience pre-law school"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    Getting hands-on experience in actual deals

    Cons

    Not enough support staff on each deal, can be overwhelming


  3. "Run away as fast as you can"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Conflicts Attorney 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary for this position

    Cons

    Unbelievably toxic workplace. The micromanaging is next level.

  4. "Amazing"

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

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    Love this place feels like a family

    Cons

    The coffee in the office sucks

  5. "Top firm, great learning"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Paralegal 

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities at every level. Friendships made there will last forever. Strong commitment to clients. Fair & generous comp.

    Cons

    Long hours, hierarchical structure, hard to advance.

  6. "Satisfied"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a good, challenging place to work.

    Cons

    The usual that comes with big law.

  7. "Best of Big Law"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate in Century City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    Great resources, smart people, well known

    Cons

    Typical cons of big law

  8. "Prestige; 24 hour workday"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The firm is extremely well regarded and the people are generally extremely smart

    Cons

    Sweatshop that prioritizes clients to the abuse of the lawyers. Weeks and months of 2-5 am work nights.

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  9. "Amazing place to work"

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

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture for big law

    Cons

    Tough hours, not atypical for big law

  10. "OK place to work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Biller 

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    Salary, young environment, great location

    Cons

    Too laid back...no structure; managers were not helpful

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