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Culture  

It takes a committed, global team to deliver the excellence in service and innovative thinking our clients expect. Cultivating creativity to harness the very best ideas comes from respecting and valuing everyone’s voice, and creating a shared enjoyment in all that we do. At Dechert, we believe that building community within the workplace and with our clients – whether multinational companies or pro bono causes – is the key to success. It’s about building a firm where people are trusted and empowered to do their very best. 

Dechert: An Introduction

We're proud that Dechert has been certified for a third year in a row in the U.S. as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. Some of the positive acknowledgements we received included:

93% of respondents say Dechert is a great place to work
— Named one of the Best Workplaces for Parents
— Named as a Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services
— Named one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in New York

To see more survey results, visit Dechert’s Great Place to Work page.

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Gratitude Cards Sent
Office Social Gatherings
Generous Family Leave


Firm Culture Initiatives 

Gratitude

Andy Levander, firm Chair

"Gratitude is a powerful thing,” said Dechert Chair Andy Levander. “A meaningful ‘thank you’ makes people on both sides of that conversation feel good, so we wanted to help people make a regular habit of gratitude.”

Specially designed postcards are distributed to employees, on which they can write brief notes of appreciation to be sent to fellow colleagues. As COVID-19 led to remote working, it was more important than ever to ensure our community maintained the bonds of connection and gratitude — accordingly, we adapted our postcards to become e-gratitude cards and over 1,000 cards were sent in the first week.

Well-being Week

Our people cannot achieve their fullest potential – and deliver exceptional client service – without taking the time to invest in and rejuvenate themselves. Dechert is dedicated to promoting a healthy integration of work and personal life through our THRIVE@Dechert Framework. This framework focuses on the physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being of our people. We provide access to resources such as: online fitness programs, tele-medicine assistance for both physical and mental health, as well as webinars and virtual support groups on a variety of topics. Every year, Dechert's global community participates in Well-being Week. It's a great time to support each other and embrace healthier living habits. Some of our activities have included a "what brings you joy" photo contest, a global steps challenge and a financial well-being seminar.

Innovation Week

At Dechert, “innovation” isn’t an aspiration, it’s a critical component of all we do for ourselves and our clients. We created Innovation Week as a way for any and every member of our community to improve our workplace, support our people, elevate our service and bring value to our clients in new ways.

“We’ve always been an innovative firm,” noted CEO Henry Nassau. “From our early days, our commitment to excellence has driven us to find new ways to work together and support our clients.”

Diversity and Inclusion Week

All of us at Dechert earnestly strive to be better allies and more inclusive leaders within the firm, across the legal industry and in our own neighborhoods, cities and countries. During our annual Diversity and Inclusion Week, our community participates in a variety of engaging and enlightening events.

The impact of racism is an unbearable concept for so many of us, but a part of the daily existence for many of our friends and colleagues. Dechert affirms without exception that Black lives matter. We share a commitment to working every day to better educate ourselves, examine our own biases on a daily basis and advance the causes of racial justice and social reform to create a fairer, more inclusive world.

Dechert’s Birthday Week

Each year we come together to celebrate the anniversary of Dechert's founding in 1875. It offers us an opportunity to learn about our firm’s history, celebrate where we are today and look ahead to where we’re going.

Dechert hosts a number of fun activities with colleagues as part of Birthday Week – previous events have included a special birthday cake class with a renowned chef, volunteer sessions for writing letters to first responders, deployed troops, isolated elders and sick children and a Dechert history quiz to name a few.

We’re grateful to all the members of our Dechert community who continue to honor and fulfill the firm’s most important traditions: our commitment to quality, exceptional service for our clients and a culture that values people.

Dechert Stars

We celebrate colleagues who make significant contributions to our Dechert community. “Dechert Stars” recognizes those for their willingness to share their innovative ideas, teach others what they know, or promote diversity and be a positive force for change.

Watch this video to learn more about Dechert Stars.
 

Dechert Stars


Day of Service 

One of our proudest annual traditions is the Dechert Day of Service. As part of our shared commitment to the communities in which we live and work, each Dechert office takes its own unique action to help our neighbors and make our cities better places for all.

Organizations we’ve recently partnered with include:

  • AIDS Walk NY
  • The Boston Esplanade Association
  • Dublin Hope Foundation Shoebox Appeal
  • Moscow's Project Kind Caps
  • Operation Backpack
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Special Olympics
  • Toys for Tots
  • The United Way
  • UK Haven House Garden Day
In these pages, you’ll see 145 examples of the impact of our pro bono and volunteer activities, sorted into a broad set of categories. Even with a list of 145 examples, there is no way we could completely capture all the great work to which thousands of people have contributed over a span of decades
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