Kirkland & Ellis

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8 people found this helpful  

Hey, it's BigLaw

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Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

The salary and benefits are decent if your reviews are good and you do well on the annual skills assessment.

Cons

It can be stressful, and secretaries are not afforded much in the way of respect or consideration. There is very little opportunity to advance to another position unless you are personal friends with the right people. There appears to be no correlation between intelligence, skills and experience and who gets the promotion. It boils down to whose butt you kiss and how well you do it. Other firms may operate this way as well, but because Kirkland chooses to call itself a meritocracy, it is particularly galling that cronyism rules the day.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You try to hire the best attorneys available, why not try to hire or advance the best administrators possible? Friends giving jobs to friends makes your staff ineffective.

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    Great place to start career if considering a future as an attorney

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant I in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant I in Washington, DC

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work, great benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement without pursuing a law degree.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great place to work if you don't want/have a life

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    Former Employee - Case Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Case Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn and practice the skills that will help you out in the long run. An excellent place to start out if you are new to the field and need the experience. Great benefits, nice people to work with (attorneys and support staff).

    Cons

    Very stressful, long hours, low base pay. Unless you have an "in" with upper management or work 100 hours a week you will not be promoted. Although the attorneys are nice, you still fee like a second class citizen in their eyes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better more attainable system in place for career advancement.

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