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Sullivan & Cromwell Reviews

Updated August 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Great company, good benefits and bonuses (in 4 reviews)

  • there are wonderful people here, great benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Generally no such thing as work/life balance, though may be possible in the smaller specialty areas (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours; can be hard to strike life-work balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Litigation Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will receive excellent training as a young associate, and if you do good work, you will be given substantial responsibility early on.

    Cons

    Long hours; opacity regarding management-level decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't skimp on the fringe benefits for associates and staff.


  2. "There are better firms out there that realize it's no longer 1987. They pay more, too!"

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

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    paid time off, autonomy - that's it

    Cons

    benefits not the greatest, just okay

    Advice to Management

    Can/Retire Secretarial Services and fold management into HR! SS is USELESS and just collecting checks.

  3. "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The annual Christmas bonuses are still noteworthy.

    Cons

    If you take the Metro the walk is a little long at this new location.

    Advice to Management

    Since we have a new CEO; it's all about the bottom line.


  4. "My review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time

    Pros

    there are wonderful people here, great benefits.

    Cons

    there are none that I can say at the moment


  5. "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly capable colleagues. A lot of latitude. Fabulous support for pro bono projects, though doing too little paid work does lower your standing in the organization.

    Cons

    Generally no such thing as work/life balance, though may be possible in the smaller specialty areas. My experience was that there was almost no meaningful feedback loops as to your career progress unless you had a good mentor relationship with a partner that would level with you. Atmosphere is sink or swim. I found working relationships to be consistent with corporate culture (i.e., cold and impersonal).

    Advice to Management

    Other service industries (e.g., consulting firms) and some law firms do a much better job of developing their talent. Look to those industries and firms to overhaul the existing culture and training programs.


  6. "Litigation Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Great lawyers, great cases, great benefits

    Cons

    A bit soulless, no career support

    Advice to Management

    Support women


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time

    Pros

    Good company to have on your resume

    Cons

    boring work, all decisions by committee

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not a career, just a moral crushing job"

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    Current Employee - Finance and Accounting Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance and Accounting Operations in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time

    Pros

    The pay is above average and the healthcare benefits are very competitive with peers firms. Vacation time is also competitive with peer firms.

    Cons

    This is a job not a career. There is no upward mobility or support for career development. Leadership micro manages and terminations are executed with little to no warning.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, behave ethically, respect employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Palo Alto"

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

    Pros

    Prestige, looks good on resume, good formal training programs. Variety of work, unlike other firms where associates are stuck doing one type of work.

    Cons

    Palo Alto office is a true satellite office with partners that churn through associates without a thought given to the associates' health or development as a lawyer. Avoid if you can. Associates regularly sleep in their office and the culture is oppressive. New York does not care that the culture drives away good associates because the office is profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Think about why smart associates with good backgrounds leave so quickly (quicker than in NY, DC, or LA). Give incentives to partners to not drive associates away - with so few left work suffers. Litigation partners are more humane than transactional partners - so talk to them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It's a job...."

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    Current Employee - Litigation Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation Analyst in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ability to earn over time.

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement. Not much room for advancement.


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