Akin Gump Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Long term disappointment

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable firm, traditional values & advanced technology

    Cons

    Penalized for having personal commitments outside of the office, such as family.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to value long-term, hard-working employees v. "bargain-basement" new hire salaries.


  2. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Akin Gump has a very laid back environment for a law firm.

    Cons

    They are too resistant to change/


  3. Not a good place for a woman if you are in the IT field

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and the technology is cutting edge. Typical big law firm as far as working is concerned.

    Cons

    Upper management on the IT side can be a male generated and promotions seem to only be for males unless you're a female that has friends that sit in the corner offices. HR will do nothing to help the situation.

    Advice to Management

    As a company that has a female CEO and COO, you should investigate why so many women have left your IT department. Don't take the male IT upper managements word for why they are leaving or have left.


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  5. Attorney

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent firm with solid infrastructure and bright people.

    Cons

    All the normal downsides of BigLaw life.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Nice Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Recommend pass

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great lawyers, entrepreneurial culture and expanding internationally.

    Cons

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


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

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good place to start

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  10. Billing Assitant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  11. Accountant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.



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