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Sullivan & Cromwell Reviews

Updated August 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "The company is a company with lots of history in the construction Industry and has built lots of high profile projects in Louisville" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Great company, good benefits and bonuses" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor work life balance, sometimes an isolating work experience" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Work long hours, nights and weekends" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Top law firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time

    Pros

    Work with some of the smartest people you'll ever meet. The work is demanding, but you will get great legal training.

    Cons

    Work long hours, nights and weekends.


  2. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time

    Pros

    Good legal assistant community; connections for future jobs as a lawyer if continuing to law school

    Cons

    Many unpredictable hours for less pay than other NY firms; 2 year commitment so if other Legal Assistants break their commitment, then the remainder of the work falls to remaining Legal Assistants and hours get longer; negative overall firm culture & bad attitude

  3. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time

    Pros

    Definitely compensation and the quality of the lawyers who work here.

    Cons

    Long working hours and the expectation of being available at all times of the day.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Buyer Beware! This place is a real career killer."

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

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time

    Pros

    Some of the partners were nice to deal with. This is the exception to the rule. The normal higher-ups were few and far between.

    Cons

    A family-like oriented firm turned into a typical corporate environment where the support staff employees were looked upon as trash. Every once in a while they would provide an "ice cream social" to mask how bad they were reaming the little guy. Most employees (IT, finance, etc.) drank the cool-aide. IT was rocked by major outsourcing as the firm proceeded to fire staff (sold off to outside consulting firm like cattle) that had been employed in some cases for decades. Go against the grain than be sure that security will be outside your door in moments no matter how dedicated you were. Work-life balance non-existant. Favoritism in terms of working from home from group to group. No morale to speak of. Management was soleless and would sell you out at the drop of a hat. I am glad that I left eons ago. Staff that I keep in contact with after all these years after I left many long years ago were good people. Hopefully most have found new homes at respectable companies.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate drones all around. Support staff are people. This was something that the previous managing partner understood and for the current one is as far in reach as is the moon. Outsourced IT management were nothing but mouthpieces for the higher ups and were scared beyond belief to lose their jobs and would do anything including stabbing their own people in the back to keep receiving a paycheck. In turn they proceeded to bring in a level of fear to their staff not seen before. Real low-life mentality as bosses were seen as sleazy, souless and self-centered (not that they would care at all). Advice to management, flush IT down the toilet. You killed morale and destroyed a well run operation.


  5. "Beneficial Experience"

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

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, smart people, work on some of the top cases in the country

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, sometimes an isolating work experience

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Extremely Corporate, No joy kind of place"

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

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Good Pay
    Cafeteria
    Nice building
    Reputable firm

    Cons

    Very strict
    Very inhuman
    Bad management
    Must follow rules even when discretion should be in place
    Competitive nature

    Advice to Management

    Instead of looking to blame someone when one of your employees come to you with a problem, try to fix it instead.


  7. "Proofreading at S&C is so-so"

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    Former Employee - Proofreader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Proofreader in New York, NY

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many colleagues are interesting. Some free time.
    Pay is average. Work is not overly demanding, and standards are moderate.
    Outside of office hours, your life is yours.

    Cons

    What you would expect --no gripping page-turners, not much appreciation from hierarchy, proofreaders are cogs.

    Advice to Management

    None. They wouldn't listen.

  8. "Preeminent corporate practice in Los Angeles"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time

    Pros

    Small office with collegial relationships

    Cons

    The typical drawbacks of big law.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dreadful Culture"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many excellent lawyers and most have integrity. Many of the projects are challenging, and present great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Some partners are dishonest. Many partners are inconsiderate (e.g., send projects at all hours and with no effort to provide background), and this is just part of the culture in a place where everyone is too busy to be human. But again, the worst is that some partners are dishonest and there is no process in place to prevent partners from throwing associates under the bus.

    Advice to Management

    Select your partnership based on leadership skills, not exclusively based on whether they produced good work for clients and more senior lawyers.


  10. "Overall okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, high-end deals, steep learn curve

    Cons

    long hours, need to employ more assoicates


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