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

Associate (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

ProsAs 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.

ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementReform or abandon the book system. Be more honest with junior associates about hours expectations.

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    Great place to work if you are not a secretary.

    Legal Secretary (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins


    Pros: Outstanding benefits and perks. Free Pop. Free donuts/fruit every Friday. Charitable… Cons: After the big lay-off, every employee was made whole (bonuses raised, raises reinstated) EXCEPT FOR SECRETARIES. … More
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    No work life balance at all.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins


    Pros: Nice group of people working there. Cons: No work life balance at all. More
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