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Sullivan & Cromwell Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great company, good benefits and bonuses (in 4 reviews)

  • Great benefits and staff appreciation reception every other year (in 3 reviews)

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

  • long hours, high standard, smart people (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Litigation Associate NYC"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate, Litigaion in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate, Litigaion in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good work; gifted colleagues; excellent resume line.

    Cons

    Insane hours, high stress, a lot of the work can be mundane, defending banks. Workaholic culture.

    Advice to Management

    Improve associate quality of life


  3. "Litigation Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


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  5. "Fine"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  6. "Not a career, just a moral crushing job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Palo Alto"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "It's a job...."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Good for the experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, good insight into big law life, good compensaiton

    Cons

    Long hours, menial tasks, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your legal assistants a little more!


  10. "Premier Law Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Cranford, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Cranford, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sullivan & Cromwell (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    S&C cares about its employees both legal and non legal and that is rare in today's working environment. Everyone is treated with respect and you are expected to give 110% because everyone else is.

    Cons

    The Firm can be a little formal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


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    "Secretary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not a lot of work to do, low stress

    Cons

    Very boring, makes you feel useless. Lawyers demean you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't advertise the secretary position as "Legal Assistant" - very misleading



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