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.  

    New York Office - supportive despite the fast-paced environment.

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are for the most-part very supportive. Management is also supportive. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Stressful deadlines lead to an imbalanced work-life schedule.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    The technology professionals were both talented and people I sincerely enjoyed working with on a daily basis.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good management, willingness to buy tools required to complete projects.

    Cons

    As they got bigger and influence shifted from the DC and Texas offices to the NY office, I felt they put partner compensation above all else. Traditionally they had focused on development and appreciation of both staff and attorneys. Obviously, attracting and retaining the top attorneys is key to the success of any law form, but valuing staff is also important.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Long Timer

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    I am and have seen the upward mobility of the firm's employees (staff) over the years.

    Cons

    Times have changed in the workings of the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Collegial atmosphere. Great compensation. Long Hours.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    The atmosphere is collegial. The compensation is consistently at the top of the market. The management is extremely competent and focused on long-term stability.

    Cons

    As with all firms, the hours are long and unpredictable. Work-life balance is a constant struggle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
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  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Century City, CA
    Current Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Century City, CA

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

    Pros

    The company pays very well

    Cons

    They hold on to dramatic co-workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good mid-market firm; "Frat" culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akin Gump (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for young associates, very diverse set of practice areas and realistic partnership prospects. DC office is great and very friendly.

    Cons

    Work not top-shelf (though still very strong), bonuses are generally not as good as other firms. Office culture varies greatly by location.

  11.  

    This is not a place to work if you're planning on staying more than 3 years to repay student loans.

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    Current Employee - Attorney, 7th-Year in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney, 7th-Year in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The salary is probably the best thing about the firm.

    Cons

    Everything else; it's biglaw, and is probably no worse than any biglaw firm. But overall it is not a positive environment in which to grow as an attorney.

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