Akin Gump Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Legal Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC
    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!!!


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

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits and decent pay but no room for growth for staff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Sold Professional Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  6. Good managers and bad managers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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


  7. Long Timer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney, 7th-Year in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney, 7th-Year in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.

    Advice to Management

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  9. I enjoy working with my colleagues.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Majority of the staff are great to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    More open communication from upper management down.


  10. Top-Tier, Competitive Firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive firm and salary without the cut-throat lifestyle. The work-life balance is not ideal, but is better than one would expect from similarly situated firms.

    Cons

    Firm needs more open communication with associates.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Extremely fast paced and stressful environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Social Events- Corporate Events, Employee Recognition Awards Metro Accessible Conveniently Located Competitive Pay Bonus- Year-end, Mid -Year Employee Recognition Month

    Cons

    Few Growth , Advancement and Development Opportunity No job stability Stress Environment Strict Coporate Culture Attorneys placed at higher priority to employees



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