Akin Gump Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Great benefits and decent pay but no room for growth for staff

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits (profit sharing, 401(k) match, professional environment

    Cons

    No flexible work arrangements for lower level staff (i.e. work from home, flexible hours). It is a very strict 9-5:30 schedule for staff. No room for growth, have to leave the firm to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create employment paths for the staff so they are inclined to stay around longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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
  3. Ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Records Clerk in Century City, CA
    Current Employee - Records Clerk in Century City, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with vacation and sick days

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of company culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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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)

    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
  6. Sold Professional Experience

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    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
  7. Life at Akin Gump

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and co-workers; good climate to work in day to day; professionalism is a top priority; good benefits are available.

    Cons

    Due to downsizing, too much work is placed on one employee to do the work of two or three.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    life/work balance is not good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Absolutely fantastic atmosphere for such a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.

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

    I worked at Akin Gump as an intern (less than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great professional experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    Collegiate work environment, miriad ongoing learning opportunities, good benefits

    Cons

    Work-life balance, unpredictable schedule, long hours

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. A firm full of talented attorneys with little hope for advancement to partnership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    The firm is full of talented associates, counsel, senior counsel and partners, many of whom are also great colleagues.

    Cons

    Advancement within practice groups is entirely contingent on the good faith of the partners with whom you work. The firm lacks a system for measuring performance independent of the specific reviews given by partner and more senior ranked attorney supervisors. As a result, stellar work can sometimes be lost, unrecorded, and unrecognized, especially when conflicts develop between rising stars and established partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a system of 360 evaluation that will enable subordinates to report out on the management skills and other abilities of more senior attorneys. Develop a method for recording work origination that accurately captures when non-partners originate matters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good managers and bad managers

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, easy to find work within the fast-growing sections, lots of autonomy and respect among lawyers, and great location within D.C. The usual perks of being at a large law firm, with a bit more tech-savvy crop of yound partner than you'd expect.

    Cons

    Easy to get pigeonholed if you're not careful with your development; Lots of work-related travel and, like most biglaw, no work-life balance; High-level management tends to be great but lower level management can sometimes get in the way of getting interesting work; Some high attrition within certain groups, especially where management and clients can be quite difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how to keep people from leaving the firm by preventing them from getting stuck working for the same client or partner; better orientation and training within the section would be great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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