Akin Gump Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Legal Assistant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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!!!

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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.

  3. Sold Professional Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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  5. Good managers and bad managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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

  6. Long Timer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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.

  7. 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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

    ?

  8. I enjoy working with my colleagues.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Approves of CEO
    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.

  9. Top-Tier, Competitive Firm

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney, 3rd-Year in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Extremely fast paced and stressful environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    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

  11. Great intro to the law ... and Biglaw

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very high-level, and the mentoring by other attorneys (associates and partners) is top-notch. The salaries and benefits are very competitive.

    Cons

    Like most BigLaw, the downsides are the billable hours requirements and the uncertainty about the prospects for partnership after 7-10 years. .

    Advice to Management

    The firm has an inverted pyramid. It might be time to take a hard look at the partners who might not be contributing fully.

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