Akin Gump Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Akin Gump Managing Partner Kim Koopersmith
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  1. Attorney

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent firm with solid infrastructure and bright people.

    Cons

    All the normal downsides of BigLaw life.


  2. Nice Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Understands the importance of a good organizational structure.

    Cons

    Retention - The inevitable dissatisfaction of working on an assembly line.

    Advice to Management

    The key to success is human relationships, the Firm should work harder to inspire employees on a daily basis through programs and policies aligned around this core Firm culture.


  3. Probably no better, but no worse than any big law firm

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits; bonuses; no time clock to punch--like they trust you to be an adult and arrive and leave work on time. Salary was competitive. Most of the people that I worked with were friendly and pleasant; made some good friends there. Excellent location for traveling by Metro.

    Cons

    They march in lock-step with business decisions most big law firms are making so if there is a trend you don't like, don't look to AG to break out of the pack. As someone else mentioned, if attorneys don't know you, they don't see you, and they certainly don't greet you. Secretarial staff has no possibility for advancement, no possibility of working from home even one day a week. They NEVER close the office for inclement weather; they just put a skeleton crew up at a hotel and everyone has to use vacation time if they don't come into the office.


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  5. Recommend pass

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great lawyers, entrepreneurial culture and expanding internationally.

    Cons

    Management team is a bunch of snakes. Culture not a healthy one.


  6. Good place to start

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to start with good pay and reputation. Training opportunities, network, and reputation open doors for your next job.

    Cons

    Shrinking firm struggling with leadership transitions. It's a good place to start a career and learn, but not a lot of long term potential. Long hours, but that is every big firm.


  7. Billing Assitant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    Great company to work with. You feel like part of a family.

    Cons

    Heavy workload but manageable and make time go by fast.

    Advice to Management

    I think they are doing a perfectly goo job currently.


  8. Accountant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance for the most part in the accounting department.

    Cons

    Basically no room to move up.


  9. Legal Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best, most humane, BigLaw firm I ever worked for. They attract and hire the best and the brightest attorneys and they do their utmost to show non-lawyers how important they are to the team effort that is practicing law and making a law firm successful.

    Cons

    None - it was a joy to come to work every day. No kidding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!


  10. paralegal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, professional hard working culture. There have been changes in management, particularly in human resources which is improving culture.

    Cons

    Work demands can be brutal and unpredictable but that is true in most large private law firms; comes with that sort of job.

    Advice to Management

    Implement official work from home schedules to help offset the long hours. At leat that decreases the day by the Cummings time.


  11. Administrative Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I love the location of the office

    Cons

    No one speaks to you in the office esp the partners



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