14 July 2014 at 07:47 BST

Wachtell Lipton tops poll for associates pay

US associates have voted on the top US law firms to work for with Wachtell Lipton getting top marks for pay and Paul Hastings overall best.

Wachtell is rated for its compensation policies

US associates have picked Paul Hastings as the number one firm to work for yet again in the annual Vault.com's ranking. The firm retained its position despite a good performance from Ropes & Gray which came second. For compensation, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz took the crown with one associate saying 'I made more in my bonus last year as a second-year than an associate at another top firm will make in bonuses throughout his or her entire associate career.'

Friendly but professional

Foley Hoag was deemed best for firm culture with the firm described as 'very friendly and relaxed but professional. People definately tend to socialise, especially the younger associates...' Meanwhile Williams & Connolly came tops in three  categories, Associate/Partner Relations, Substantive Work and Career Outlook  with one associate saying that whilst there was some document review work, taking depositions, appearing in court and writing substantive motions were all part of the job, The firm's mentoring abilities were also praised. Ropes & Gray scored first for Formal Training as well as Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship with the firm's substantive feedback coming in for mention. Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison topped the Business Outlook category whilst Munger, Tolles & Olsen unseated Williams & Connolly for Selectivity in Hiring. Source: Vault.com


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