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Edward D. Herlihy
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  1. "Legal Assistant"

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      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)

    • "Over a decade at Wachtell"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than 20 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.

      Advice to Management

      Stop rewarding yourselves for what the support staff does for you! The firm used to be one of the best places to be employed. Since 2009, the incentives were slowly being stripped from us. No more parking garage, no more double time...no one wants to work! We're all sick and tired of hearing "the firm has made more money than ever" year after year at the holiday party, but nothing to share with us. The 3% raise doesn't...

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    • "Administrative Assistant"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Great benefit package. Very organized company.

      Cons

      May stay in same role for a while.

    • "Corporate Paralegal"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time

        Pros

        Salary and overtime, experience, exposure.

        Cons

        Hours, Hours, Hours, Hours, Hours.

      • "Helpdesk/Systems Analyst"

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        Former Employee - Heldesk/Systems Analyst in New York, NY
        Doesn't Recommend
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than 2 years

        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.

        Advice to Management

        Taje care of your people and reduce turnover.

      • Helpful (1)

        "Not all bad"

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

        I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than 2 years

        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.

        Advice to Management

        Management was the problem.

      • "Legal Receptionists"

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

        I worked at Wachtell Lipton for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Everything was great about this company

        Cons

        I cannot think of any cons.

        Advice to Management

        To many people to answer to.

      • Helpful (1)

        "My Old Family Hme"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time

        Pros

        They work you hard but they pay you for it. You are a member of their family.

        Cons

        Sometimes the managing attorneys can be a bit rude to staff.

        Advice to Management

        remember that you used to be us.

      • Helpful (1)

        "Interaction Data Steward"

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        Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook

        I have been working at Wachtell Lipton full-time for more than 20 years

        Pros

        very nice offices, great location, great benefits, strong internal and external training available, good interdepartmental communication, generally, you will deal with polite and respectful people, however, some partners can be quite disrespectful and condescending no matter what.

        Cons

        Thr admin is treated as a lower cast, OT has become unavailable in the past 5 years, no recognition of cost of life and no salary increase have been received in the past 10 years (I don't count a 2% increase at one time), no possibility of growth within the firm for admin (or very rare and not always based on merrits), generally low salaries for NY prices/cost of living.

        Advice to Management

        if you want to cut down the number of people supporting lawers, but you want to have great secretaries and great, competent staff that gets the job done and do it well, you have to pay them about 100K or you will continue to lose good people. this is NY. 65-70K can barely cover the basic needs (rent, utilities, food, clothing) in NY, let alone vacations, or if you have a child(ren).

      • Helpful (1)

        "Ok place to work but no growth potential"

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

        I worked at Wachtell Lipton for more than 20 years

        Pros

        Good administrative support system in place. Enjoyed the work environment and co-workers.

        Cons

        As a member of the support staff, felt there was no growth potential so I left after 5 years. I worked for two attorneys but after I left, I understand that the secretarial staff had to work for large groups of attorneys (sometimes as many as 10). Some of my former co-workers complained that they couldn't pay sufficient attention to every attorney they were assigned to.

        Advice to Management

        Pay attention and try to keep long-term employees engaged in the work.

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