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Akin Gump Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
33 Reviews
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33 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
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    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 an 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
  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.  

    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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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    I enjoy working with my colleagues.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    Majority of the staff are great to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More open communication from upper management down.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Top-Tier, Competitive Firm

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    • 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely fast paced and stressful environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great intro to the law ... and Biglaw

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

    I worked at Akin Gump

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Akin Gump Rocks!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance. Always willing to give me my earned time off for my child.

    Cons

    The recent turnover of a lot of partners. We haven't quite recovered. There seems to be so many empty offices and we will really need to fill them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know the economy is in turmoil and layoffs are inevitable, but what is the real criteria? Performance reviews, longevity, etc. I personally think that the summer associate program needs to be really trimmed back. Way too much money is spent on this program. I know we have to compete with other firms, but in this economy I think it is possible to cut the program.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Recent departures cause jittery nerves among staff at Akin Gump

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    I have always felt that Akin Gump was a place where my contribution was appreciated and that feedback from me to management was at least acknowledged. Their feedback to me is routine and open. There is no one watching over my shoulder and if I keep my attorneys happy, admin seems to be happy. I feel that I negotiated a good salary to start with since I was hired to be a secretary to a partner who was known to be difficult. I asked for more than I expected to get and they met that demand and added some to boot!

    Cons

    Lately (May 2008) the office has been in turmoil because of the departure of a fair number of partners. It is only through news stories that I know that the NY partners are balking at the rates and per partner profits of the other offices. This has caused staff to wonder if we are in trouble or just adjusting our practice. The office is looking a little shabby these days, and that feeds the rumor mill. The managing partner met with us to try to quell the nervousness, but most people felt that he was just giving us the party line. It still remains to be seen if Akin is on the way up, or down or just maintaining the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware that the staff are feeling a great deal of insecurity about the upheaval in the partnership. Some affirmation would go a long way toward settling nerves. We may lose some good people who are afraid to remain on a perceived sinking ship. For heaven's sake, paint the walls and clean the carpets! It looks like no one cares.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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