Akin Gump Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. 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.


  2. Legal Assistant

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    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!!!


  3. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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  5. 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 a year)

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

    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.


  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)

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

    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 Management

    Please news about the company flowing to the lower levels.


  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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting clients, good relationships and mentoring

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    None--they know what they are doing


  8. Great

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

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The ablility to do overtime is not great.


  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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Good place to start

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    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.



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