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Great work and talented people, but a lack of investment (or interest) in your future.

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Former Employee - Associate  in  Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA

I worked at King & Spalding

Pros

It's the best "name" among law firms in the Southeast, particularly Atlanta, and can provide a great jumping-off point to other legal jobs. It is particularly strong in litigation. Your coworkers will be extremely talented, and in most cases very collegial (though some teams, such as Tort, are not friendly...). The pay is fantastic, even if people complain about the bonus structure you will still be at or near the top of legal pay in the Southeast, and when you consider taxes, cost of living, etc., you typically come out ahead of people in other markets as well.

Cons

The upper management made the conscious decision a few years ago to maximize profits for equity partners. From a business perspective, that is their right, but from a firm perspective it has destroyed much of the collegiality and opportunities for advancement in the firm. They now get new partners by hiring laterally from other firms, rather than developing their own associates. Associates will get good and interesting work, but otherwise no real help in development.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think long and hard about the current strategy. Your people no longer feel any loyalty to the firm, and eventually this dissatisfaction with opportunities will impact your ability to recruit. People are the lifeblood of a law firm, and your policies will lead to short term profits at the cost of the corporate culture. Once that's gone, we shall see whether the churn-and-burn model can be maintained.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Uneventful.

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

    I worked at King & Spalding

    Pros

    Staff managers are rarely on site and are more interested in their personal lives and plans than in achieving work goals. This can be both a pro and a con, depending on perception.

    Cons

    The pro is often the same as the con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff managers in many cases are unnecessary. A lot of money could be saved by eliminating those positions.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Know what you're getting into

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at King & Spalding

    Pros

    Resume value; nice offices; great location

    Cons

    No future - get some experience and get out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value experienced associates more than junior associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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