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Sullivan & Cromwell Reviews

Updated April 3, 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)

  • "long hours, need to employ more assoicates" (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. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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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    "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.

  8. "Not too shabby but Pay could be much better"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice environment to work in. The attorneys are very smart and very nice to work with.

    Cons

    Pay raise is very small for Administrative staff. They can do way better. Also staff recognition could be more frequent.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more competitive salaries. And staff could do better with an annual function instead of every two years. Stop being greedy!


  9. "Tops in its industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very professional. Require the best out of you.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a bit off.


  10. "Wonderful, learning experience where I grew as a person."

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    Current Employee - Records Clerk in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Records Clerk in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good salary, great location, plenty of work, able to move up.

    Cons

    Tiring work (can be stressful), long hours (depending on your position)


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