Latham & Watkins

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Favortism among staff; top-down approach to management; lack of communication; zero room for growth.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Latham & Watkins

Pros

Free breakfast, beautiful office, ability to enhance technical skills via free online-tutorials (assuming you have time for this because you ordinarily will not/do not).

Cons

Favortism and attrition are the key means that staff members remain employed here. Unless you're an attorney here, your growth and development isn't as important. Performance reviews are designed to keep salary levels low and discourage opportunity to advance into anything more.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Ask questions, listen, and don't leave any stone unturned with regard to your employees. Allocate time to deal with difficult employees rather than punishing your good/strong workers. Playing favorites and employing difficult employees is diminishing to the morale in the firm and it's harming your reputation to a host of viable candidates. Maintaining your status as an elite global law firm will be increasingly difficult in this economy, especially at the macro level so consider the skills of your managers before increasing their budgets. A good manager is a leader and a strong leader is one who develops his/her employees to help enhance/grow the firm, rather than kicking the can further down the road...

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    Work hard and use to play hard but not so much anymore.

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    People are extremely sharp but are able to have a conversation about things other than work. Compensation and benefits are very competitive, so there is reward for the demanding work and hours. Senior attorneys are some of the best, so there are excellent examples to learn from.

    Cons

    People are too busy to stop and talk, whether it be casual or even shop talk. I think the informal mentoring that is helpful to building expertise and teams is minimal.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you fit the "culture," you'll be fine

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    As always, it's the people. There are some really great partners and senior attorneys that are impressive attorneys and good managers. There was a lot of camaraderie in my own cohort as well. Part of that was the "bunker mentality" that set in as layoffs became more of a sure thing, but almost everyone in my year got along with each other and were cool to work and hang out with.

    Cons

    In good times the company was all about transparency, but once things got lean management became a black box from which happy-sounding noises would occasionally emerge. The formal "book" system for getting work probably also works fairly well when there is more than enough work to go around, but when work is slim if you rely on the book to get assignments you're sunk. Even during flush times, it was clear that the book was not the place to get the choice assignments, which would be meted out directly by partners and/or senior associates, despite this being supposedly a no-no under the book system.

    Also, there was very little opportunity to get practical, useful experience early on - depositions, motion practice, court appearances, etc. This lack of practical experience, plus the golden handcuffs of a salary entirely out of proportion to any actual knowledge, experience or usefulness the associate might have, makes for a difficult fit for smaller-firm job prospects post-Latham (the most likely and plentiful type of job prospects available to the vast majority of mid-level associates).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform or abandon the book system. Be more honest with junior associates about hours expectations.

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