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    Good experience; bad environment

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    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
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    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than a year)


    High profile clients and deals; large amount of responsibility for young associates; above market bonuses and additional bonus scale if you bill high amounts; Kirkland name helps for exit options


    "Free-market system" without staff assignment coordinators marginalizes associates who may not fit in, e.g. minorities and women, because partners often choose to work with associates who are like them. This system also overworks associates who are perceived to be above class and does not distribute enough work to those who are perceived to be less competent. No 401k matching.

    Advice to Management

    Create a system where non-attorney staff coordinate assignments. Provide 401k matching.

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    Attorney, 1st-Year Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Kirkland & Ellis.


    I went for a full day interview. It included short interviews with 5 separate partners/senior associates, and a lunch with 2 younger associates. Pretty standard for big law. Everyone was nice, and there weren't any curve balls, or weird questions.

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    • Not a ton of questions were asked, it was more of a "get to know you" type of interview. By that point, I got the impression it was more about fit.   Answer Question

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality , Human Rights Campaign, 2012
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality , Human Rights Campaign, 2010
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Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1968
Type Company - Private
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Known for its work in cases that go to trial, law firm Kirkland & Ellis maintains a variety of practices aimed mainly at corporate clients. Besides litigation, the firm's core practice areas include corporate transactions, intellectual property, restructuring, and tax. Kirkland & Ellis represents public and private companies from a wide range of industries, as well as individuals and government agencies. Over the years its clients have included companies such as Bank of America, General Motors, McDonald's, and Siemens. Overall, Kirkland & Ellis has ... More

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