Wachtell Lipton Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2020

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3.4
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Wachtell Lipton Co-Chairman Edward D. Herlihy (no image)
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8 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Assistant"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time

    Pros

    Working with the best and brightest in the industry, covering front page-WSJ transactions, provides insight into whether corporate law is a good career path for you

    Cons

    On call 24/7 (but easy to set boundaries, within reason), very fast-paced (also a pro)

  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Same Old Same Old"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, but no big difference than any other firm. Attorneys get the bulk of the full use of the benefits. There are good people and good perks like pantry items.

    Cons

    During coronavirus and remote working, paid all staff a one time bonus. Thought this was firm's appreciation for us using our own equipment and resources for their benefit, but then they decided the day before payday to withhold already accrued overtime. They said the bonus should cover overtime already earned, but not everyone did overtime and still got the same amount in bonus. Therefore you go the extra mile, and you're given the shorter end of the stick. Will contact the DOL once this is over. Partner secretaries seem to get the better "fringe" benefits and they have the poorest skills. They are always passing off their work to other departments and when returning it to their assigned attorneys, they claim they did it. Some associates are very high maintenance and don't know the definition of teamwork. Compensation is not all that compared to other firms. So those who are saying that salary is good obviously were very junior at their previous firms.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "No Real Difference"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Like most BigLaw firm, you get to work on interesting high profile matters

    Cons

    Same issues as most BigLaw firms except the pay is better

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Admin Assistant"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good experience, great benefits, friendly environemnt

    Cons

    some things seem old-fashioned and sometimes bad communication from management

  5. "Good pay and perks, high stress!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Word Processing Operator in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, many perks, commitment to employee retention

    Cons

    Very fast-paced high stress environment, some attorneys can be truly abusive

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Over a decade at Wachtell"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is always food.

    Cons

    Overworked, doing everyone else's job. If you don't play nice with management, its used against you. Staff is rewarded by favoritism. If you're not in their clique, you'll never get anywhere.

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  7. "Administrative Assistant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefit package. Very organized company.

    Cons

    May stay in same role for a while.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Paralegal"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time

    Pros

    Salary and overtime, experience, exposure.

    Cons

    Hours, Hours, Hours, Hours, Hours.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Helpdesk/Systems Analyst"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Heldesk/Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    5 week PTO... Various drinks in the pantry... OT availability.

    Cons

    Most people are nasty, hot head and disrespectful. Micromanagement environment with 0 concern to its staff. outdated training. Call center where you have to log EVERYTHING from breaks, to lunch, meetings etc.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not all bad"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fully stocked break rooms. Plenty of overtime, if you wanted it. Firm paid health benefits, no out of pocket

    Cons

    There were some bad seeds when I was there, which eventually led to my leaving. Workplace bullying and social promotion of incompetent people. Turnover in the IT department. A lot of the good people left.

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