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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP (known as Cravath) is an American law firm with its headquarters in New York City, and an additional office in London. The firm is known for complex and high profile litigation and mergers & acquisitions.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"This place is toxic and extremely racist. People of color beware! No one takes responsibility for their mistakes and would rather blame someone under them. The people are toxic. They act like work is high school and throw people under the bus just because they don't like the person. Beware of this place. Do not let the money and the benefits fool you. Love yourself and find a better place to work. There are multiple firms in new york who can offer the same thing but with a better culture."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Adherence to tradition encouraged and rewarded."

Document Reviewer says

"They are rude to document reviewers, and treat them like third class citizens. They think nothing of calling you on a Sunday night to tell you are no longer needed on Monday. They are late with taxi receipts and use any excuse to deny them. Why offer the service if you don't want to pay out?"

Former Employee - Banking Legal Assistant says

"sometimes work longer hours than the lawyers and get paid less for it, when wall street does well people are calm, when it does poorly they become MEAN"

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"Lousy pay and bonus not up to market rate, too many closed minded people at the middle management layers. Too much turnovers and bad technology. lotus Note? Nobody uses that anymore but Cravath. Blackberry is so oldschool."

Former Employee - Paralegal says

"Little interest in new ideas, critical thinking, complex problem solving. I was astonished that third and fourth year associates remained glorified paper-pushers. It's a clunky and slow moving institution not agile enough to pay heed to individual's desires to learn or grow. It is a machine that will eek out all your creative juice until you are left hallow. There is little attention from management to employee relations issues and disinterest in affording workers personal freedoms and responsibility. It is affronting how management babysit paralegals, giving them a sign in sheet -- marking them tardy if late, tracking whereabouts via key card access, hiring case managers as babysitters, cutting them off from all attorney relations. When approached about camaraderie issues, or learning/growth issues, managers essentially reply with a "such is life" answer. If you're interested in learning about legal practices before Law school, I would suggest finding a small practitioner's office where you might have the opportunity to attend court, listen to oral argument, sit in on meetings, and speak to attorneys about the briefing process. These opportunities, no matter how aggressively you seek, are rarely available for a paralegal at Cravath. If you are interested in learning the functionality of the duplicating department, working closely with document processing, gaining skills in quickly shuffling briefs behind tabs in binders, and spending your days copying and pasting data from one spreadsheet to the next, you are well suited to Cravath's work."

Former Employee - IT Manager says

"Expected to work 80+ hours a week - no time off - Ever! Managers and directors are bullies - heard more than once "if you don't do (activity), you'll get fired. And try looking for a job in this economy" Not only were they bullies - they were dumb Travel - No per diem Slave to the PDA"

Former Employee - Senior Litigation Paralegal says

"Disconnect between legal support department and attorneys. Severe understaffing and long hours."

Current Employee - Legal Assistant says

"Lawyers are rude and treat the admins like they are slaves"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Poor work-life balance and long hours"

Litigation Legal Assistant (Former Employee) says

"poor work culture, long hours, seven days a week. Worked 100 plus hours per week. No regard for individual growth or development. I took the position to learn about the corporate environment and get exposure to how environmental clients were handled. I made a lot of money during my stay but felt the culture was inhumane.well paidno growth development, 18 hour days, 7 days a week"

Manager of Conference Center & Concierge Services (Current Employee) says

"The company does not care about the administrative staff. Only the lawyers. The partners of the firm treat the administrative staff as if they are slaves. You are constantly on call at work even if you are at home on the weekends or on holiday"

Paralegal/Legal Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Want to work at a job, where there is no regard for health and well being...Work here. As a paralegal, I have had to work weeks on end, in excess of 100 hours per week. No time to sleep, let alone anything else. It is criminal to allow people to put in these kind of hours. Something needs to change."

Lead Operator (Former Employee) says

"Ok place to grow and work. Ok opportunities. I worked well with my co-workers. Nice holiday parties during the Christmas season. It was a nice place to workGood co-workersPoor human resources dept"

Night Secretary (Former Employee) says

"You will learn how to run around and rush 7 hours a day. Ability to work under pressure with top skills will serve you well."

Word Processing Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Worked in small satellites -- workflow can be very busy and deadlines must be met. Actually every day was a learning curve. Because there is no on-site supervision, management does not have first-hand knowledge relying on third-party reporting. In most instances co-workers were professionals. The hardest part of the job was equipment malfunction. The most enjoyable part of the job was getting the job done.Bonus was goodEnvironment can be unhealthy"

Problem Manager (Current Employee) says

"I’m the Problem Manager for Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, responsible for managing projects and problems that range from infrastructure to user experience. I am primarily responsible for analyzing incidents, identifying trends and increasing the efficacy and service level of the firm’s technology services. I work with the legal and administrative teams to analyze and remap their processes to improve innovation and the ways we use technology to practice law."

IT Intern (Former Employee) says

"This is a good place for job security with the typical office layout, but you are not guaranteed to be working with cutting edge technology here. Not something I would recommend for a fresh graduate.Good people who work here that do care about the work they doNot enough opportunity to learn"

Paralegal (Former Employee) says

"This was a difficult job, 90 hours weeks sometimes. But I met lifelong friends there and people I will never forget. I still keep in touvh with a few of them."

Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Very busy place, beautiful atmosphere. Great place to grow. Good medical, dental & vision insurance. Training is exceptional. There have daycare which is an A+ for any working parent.Great place to workbig office"

Legal Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) says

"While Cravath was a fine place to work, this position is quite frankly a little boring and not stimulating at all. On a day to day basis, the attorneys that I was working under had little or no work for me to do, which lead to be being on my own and being on the computer a lot. The others who had had my position for years, sometimes decades, were in the exact same boat, and had virtually nothing to do on a day to day basis. There is no upward mobility at all. However, the culture is very friendly and professional, and I have nothing bad to say about the management, the company, or the coworkers, just the position itself is inherently flawed.Good environment, friendly peopleUnpaid lunches, lack of overtime opportunities, mundane"

Litigation Case Manager (Former Employee) says

"Very Corporate environment. No recognition for hard work."

Desktop Support Engineer/Technical Support (Former Employee) says

"A very fast past environment where jobs are done on a timely manner. The workplace culture was mixed and there were occasional free lunches and employee were recognized for hard workFree lunchesShort breaks"

Client Services Coordinator (Current Employee) says

"Cravath has exceptional benefits. It's what sets it a part from other firms. For the most part, the staff is great to work with and the legal staff very competent."

Associate Secretary (Former Employee) says

"Very corporate place to work. The benefits are outstanding. There is no room for advancement but the benefits make up for it. There is a review every year."

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