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Wachtell Lipton Reviews

Updated November 19, 2016
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  1. "Legal Receptionists"

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

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everything was great about this company

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    To many people to answer to.


  2. "Helpdesk/Systems Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Heldesk/Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    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 (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 outdated training.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.

    Advice to Management

    Taje care of your people and reduce turnover.


  3. "Not all bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Management was the problem.


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  5. "Interaction Data Steward"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wachtell Lipton full-time (More than 10 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).


  6. "Ok place to work but no growth potential"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton (More than 10 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.


  7. "Great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, excellent compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Have to be available at all times

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training opportunities


  8. "Only the best and brightest are hired"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, opportunities for growth, unmatched compensation

    Cons

    Long hours, demanding work environment


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Varied from great attorneys to absolute nutbars!"

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    Former Employee - Floating Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Floating Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wachtell Lipton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked there for a year as a floater legal secretary. There is good training in place and a pretty good support staff around you. The people who are there are generally very smart and accomplished. Some of the partners are fantastic people, generous and very human.

    Cons

    While about 80% of the people are great, the remaining 20% are nightmares. Neurotic, no empathy, no understanding of what their assistants do or the problems that exist in the firm on the technical side. These folks could care less about anything other than what they've got on their plate. They act entitled and expect to be served in a manner that befits the impression. (That's my opinion - I also suspect that some of these folks aren't happy in their lives, but that's just my impression.)

    Advice to Management

    Let HR actually do the job of supporting the secretaries and support staff, not acting as managements' tool for punishment.


  10. "Great part time job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Steward in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Data Steward in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wachtell Lipton is undoubted one of the most prestigious names in law. My time there led to other opportunities as well as a great work experience.

    Cons

    Most of the downside is the number of hours / volume of work there. My part time job had none of this, so there weren't many cons for me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "My Old Family Hme"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion 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.



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