Akin Gump

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Akin Gump Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
33 Reviews
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33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great firm to work for - really miss it!

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    Former Employee - Word Processor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Word Processor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, friendly co-workers, quick IT staff, and benefits are wonderful

    Cons

    Not many that I can remember - we did suffer a lot of layoffs while I was there, but that was due to the economy and I was not one of the employees laid off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great big firm to work for. They're growing fast and there are opportunities for staff employees to climb up.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of professional and respectful people working at Akin Gump. Most of the attorneys are nice. Opportunities for growth within staff employees. Administrators and managers recognize hard working people. The firm also promotes further learning and training to sharpen current skills and learn new ones.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. I really enjoy working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Absolutely fantastic atmosphere for such a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Akin Gump as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The employees of Akin Gump are brilliant legal minds but are still able to maintain a friendly and inclusive work environment. This firm is top-quality, allowing employees to climb the ladder in the legal world.

    Cons

    The extremely high-paced and stressful nature of the firm leads to very demanding work hours, weekends included.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is incredibly accessible and receptive to concerns and illnesses, when they arise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fabulous Firm!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akin Gump as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good people, positive work environment, beautiful offices, and management with integrity.

    Cons

    Big firm life is demanding and the hours are tough no matter what firm you are in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work with good management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment with good management. Great benefits and excellent training tools for any necessary jobs/tasks. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Rigid work schedule (not very flexible on hours). High stress environment. Nothing really else to say. Yes, you have to be able to meet deadlines and what-not, but heh, that's called having a JOB!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please news about the company flowing to the lower levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Tax Counsel International

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    Former Employee - International Tax Counsel in New York, NY
    Former Employee - International Tax Counsel in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting clients, good relationships and mentoring

    Cons

    Good dealwork requires high time commitment, flexible hours are not possible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None--they know what they are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    Everyone works well together in the firm from top to bottom.

    Cons

    The ablility to do overtime is not great.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Akin Gump Rocks!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance. Always willing to give me my earned time off for my child.

    Cons

    The recent turnover of a lot of partners. We haven't quite recovered. There seems to be so many empty offices and we will really need to fill them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know the economy is in turmoil and layoffs are inevitable, but what is the real criteria? Performance reviews, longevity, etc. I personally think that the summer associate program needs to be really trimmed back. Way too much money is spent on this program. I know we have to compete with other firms, but in this economy I think it is possible to cut the program.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Recent departures cause jittery nerves among staff at Akin Gump

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    I have always felt that Akin Gump was a place where my contribution was appreciated and that feedback from me to management was at least acknowledged. Their feedback to me is routine and open. There is no one watching over my shoulder and if I keep my attorneys happy, admin seems to be happy. I feel that I negotiated a good salary to start with since I was hired to be a secretary to a partner who was known to be difficult. I asked for more than I expected to get and they met that demand and added some to boot!

    Cons

    Lately (May 2008) the office has been in turmoil because of the departure of a fair number of partners. It is only through news stories that I know that the NY partners are balking at the rates and per partner profits of the other offices. This has caused staff to wonder if we are in trouble or just adjusting our practice. The office is looking a little shabby these days, and that feeds the rumor mill. The managing partner met with us to try to quell the nervousness, but most people felt that he was just giving us the party line. It still remains to be seen if Akin is on the way up, or down or just maintaining the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware that the staff are feeling a great deal of insecurity about the upheaval in the partnership. Some affirmation would go a long way toward settling nerves. We may lose some good people who are afraid to remain on a perceived sinking ship. For heaven's sake, paint the walls and clean the carpets! It looks like no one cares.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Sold Professional Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegiate Office Culture
    Training
    Firm Management dedicated to informing you of recent developments and news
    The work that you're exposed to is incredibly interesting and you're working with and learning from some of the the most brilliant legal minds, which is great for a young professional

    Cons

    The work-life balance can be tough as times, but that is as expected working for a major international law firm.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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