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When I started before 2001, it was a great place to work -- but since the 2009 layoff, it has gone downhill fast.

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Former Employee - Legal Assistant
Former Employee - Legal Assistant

I worked at Latham & Watkins

Pros

Good people and benefits. Teamwork is encouraged, and most staff members are great to work with. Free food on Fridays, and casual days.

Cons

Lack of trust in management because of the terrible way they handled the 2009 layoffs. Relationships between attorneys and staff are strained at best. I've spoken with several people still there, and the reports are dismal. Latham used to have a topnotch work environment, not any more.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the people in charge or, at the very least, start keeping your word to staff members. One of the reasons Latham was a good place before 2009 was that it was a place of respect where everyone was regarded as valuable members of the team. This is gone now and it will take a lot of creative work to get it back.

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    BigLaw firm, with both the perk / benefits as well as the problems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    Strong name recognition
    Good pay
    Good perks
    Large alumni-base

    Cons

    NYC reputation isn't as strong as peers
    Training
    Review process needs improvement
    Too political
    Experience / culture varies by office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop attorneys who can be better leaders / managers; it's not all about the rainmakers. Invest more in training; Fix your attorney review process to give more feedback associates can use to improve.

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    High-stakes, fast-paced rewarding career for self-motivated individuals.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    Excellent technology infrastructure and HR support across the global offices. Work with the brightest talent and attorneys in the world.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work smart and learn fast. High visibility, high stakes work means ideal for detail-oriented, ambitious employees who can tolerate the pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You obviously need to take care of the attorneys, but also be sure to give the same attention to your support staff. They are the scaffolding that make it all possible.

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