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Helpful (1)

I've had a very positive experience at Kirkland & Ellis.

Current Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Competitive salary; generous healthcare benefits; efficiently run; ability to work overtime; nice office building; free in-building gym.

Cons

Given the focus on billable hours, work-life balance can suffer; on the administration side, doesn't always seem to function as a meritocracy.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    The Worst High-Paying Job You'll Ever Have

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Salary. Only the salary. And some of your more miserable peers are actually nice people once they close the door and hang up the phone.

    Cons

    Everything else. The people, the urgency, the lack of respect for family life. Also, the partners have miserable lives, so there is nothing to aspire to.

    Advice to Management

    Try to remember when you were human.

  2. Getting better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Practice Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Practice Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reviewed raise and bonus for 2012 (nothing in 2011). Free breakfast (fruits, bagel, cereal), tea and coffee. Free car service and food when working overtime.

    Starts with 15 days vacation. Early closing (2 hours) before holidays.

    Cons

    Company advertised position for one amount but cut the amount down 7k when the job offer was made. Their reasoning was I was making a much lower salary (I was laid off and had to take a job which was 25% less to pay the bills) and therefore they cannot offer me a big salary jump (even though I qualify for the job and deserves the full compensation.

    No room for growth.

    It's who you know and not what you know that matters.

    Lawyers can be impersonal and cheap (one person I am working for did not give me anything for the holidays in the past 2 years).

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