Latham & Watkins

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Excellent working conditions and benefits

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Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA

I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Goal was to create global law firm with small office environment

Cons

Lost that tight-knit family feel through growth of firm; too many management layers in organization.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Create avenues of growth for administrative and legal support staff. Shed the legal secretaries who are not carrying their weight, but "married" to their partners. Giving them raises/bonuses just because of who their partners are hurts morale of the best employees.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    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...

    Doesn't Recommend
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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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