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LA Office - Some really nice people, but pretty boring all around

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Former Intern - Summer Associate in Los Angeles, CA
Former Intern - Summer Associate in Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Kaye Scholer as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Seemed like associates had a comparably good work/life balance to top LA firms. Most of the attorneys and staff are really nice - very few if any jerks.

Cons

People really keep to themselves; they are nice but not particularly inviting. Very little transactional work; if you aren't ready to make a career in litigation, it's probably not the right place.

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  1. Change is inevitable but it's not always positive

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kaye Scholer full-time

    Pros

    A collegial environment depending on practice group
    significant client contact (but dependent again on practice group)
    improved communication by management over the last few years
    improved training under the new regime

    Cons

    Schizophrenic re: firm identity: is it a "big NY firm" or is it a "mid-size firm"? like many firms, Kaye has undergone significant changes over the past 3 years or so - some of the changes have been very positive and long overdue (improving communication) but the firm's culture is also changing in ways that are not necessarily for the best and this is due primarily to the influx of lateral partners. As a result, the home grown associates, with a few exceptions, are starting to be viewed as not good enough for promotion (which if you think about it, whose fault is that?) Its recruiting efforts have become very elitist over the past few years but Kaye has never wanted to provide the perks that the elite firms provide to tempt the cream of the crop who even in this economy can still pick and choose their firms.
    Associates are now being told that they need to try and develop business, which is fine if the firm is willing to take small matters brought in by associates but there have been several instances where business has been rejected due to the small margin of profitability. So this brings me to my biggest con: if Kaye is going to operate like a mid-size firm where associates are expected to bring business to the table to justify promotion, then accept the identity as a mid-size firm and drop the elitist "big NY firm" nonsense and stop pretending that kids from area NY schools like Brooklyn, Hofstra and St. Johns are no longer good enough to walk the hallowed halls of Kaye Scholer. Also, if business development is now a requirement, then it needs to be applied across the board, not simply in certain practice groups - otherwise, the schizophrenia will continue and talented people that you should hold onto (because they will bring in business) will continue to leave as soon as they can find a better opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick an identify and then be consistent across the board.
    Understand that you don't have to completely toss out the old to embrace the new - there must be balance.
    You are losing awesome talent that felt tremendous loyalty to the firm at one time but saw that loyalty was not returned - it can become a dangerous situation if money is the only glue holding a firm together.

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  2. Great People

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

    I worked at Kaye Scholer

    Pros

    Great People
    Great atmosphere
    Responisiblity right away

    Cons

    Lots of hours
    Pay freeze
    Lack of communication from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the staff about what is happening with the firm.

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