Simpson Thacher Reviews

Updated 1 Jan 2021

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Simpson Thacher Chairman William R. Dougherty
William R. Dougherty
23 Ratings
Pros
  • "Simpson is a strong law firm that works with the biggest banks and private equity firms(in 8 reviews)

  • "Lots of high-profile clientele and very interesting deals(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lean team, long hours, stressful(in 21 reviews)

  • "Definitely be prepared to spend a lot of time in the office - not much of a work/life balance(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent firm with fantastic personnel"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Manages to balance a slightly informal approach with high level professionalism - lack of trainees brings good work for paralegals.

    Cons

    Difficult to move on from

  2. "High quality work but occasionally long hours"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Paralegal 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    High quality work, surrounded by excellent minds, good pay

    Cons

    Occasionally long hours, often stressful environment


  3. "Good work; no prospects in M&A"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working for market-leading PE clients on the full spectrum of corporate transactions. London Office Managing Partner is a good guy who values employees.

    Cons

    There are absolutely no partnership prospects in the London M&A team. The strategy is to hire laterals with an existing book of business or whose practice will otherwise complement the Firm’s existing client base. Unfortunately there was a perception among Associates that the Firm is not entirely genuine when it comes to partnership prospects in the London M&A team which leads to good Associates labouring extremely hard under entirely false pretences. Some straightforward honesty about this would be welcome by many.

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  4. "STB Review"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    Flexible re holiday and a friendly team

    Cons

    Lack of accountability for paralegals who do absolutely nothing

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  5. "Associate"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time

    Pros

    steep learning curve, great issuer-side high yield bond practice

    Cons

    no focus on business development

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    "Associate Review"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simpson Thacher full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Top tier PE clients, good quality work, bright colleagues, complex transactions, given autonomy, encouraged to be proactive, clients are sophisticated, not too hierarchical

    Cons

    Demanding, long hours, minimal mentoring, career progression or support from other lawyers, minimal secretarial support or paralegal support, political, not very collegiate.

  7. "Great quality of work but long hours"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Associate Attorney in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    Great quality of work was exceptional

    Cons

    Not much work life balance

  8. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    Good support, good camaraderie and teamwork

    Cons

    Opaque management style and tough progression prospects

  9. "Corporate Paralegal"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Paralegal in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Simpson Thacher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great management, good work environment and exciting work

    Cons

    Could do with more integrated social events between departments

  10. "Associate Attorney"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simpson Thacher

    Pros

    Bright minds and interesting transactions.

    Cons

    Limited professional development from partnership.

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