Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. Digital Imaging Specialist

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    Current Employee - Digital Imaging Specialist/Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Digital Imaging Specialist/Team Leader in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very Peaceful, and lots of work!.

    Cons

    Weekend hours, and lots of moving furniture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Staff is under appreciated

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part, the people at this firm are very nice, and a good group to work with. The office administrator in the Washington DC office is a wonderful lady.

    Cons

    The Firms focus is make money for the Partners. They are very cheap and treat staff as if they are disposable. You are expected to do the work of 3 people in the time constraints of one. For staff, it is a very toxic environment to be in. Clocking in and out for lunch is another terrible thing - it makes you feel like a child under a microscope.

    Advice to Management

    Stop penny pinching! Happy employees have a better work product. When you treat them as disposable, their work product will reflect this. Stop micromanaging everything and trust that the talent you hired is capable of doing their job!


  3. Legal Secretary

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great atmosphere, amazing attorneys, interesting work, no micro-managing, self monitoring, morale uplifting attitudes and all-around greatest law firm in Washington, D.C. to work for. Been here 25+ years and love it!

    Cons

    I am hard-pressed to find anything negative to say about this law firm. Some people object to the firm not allowing any overtime work hours by the staff, but in my opinion, it is great because I want to go home at the end of my workday.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. This firm has succeeded during recessions because they have intelligent, financially savvy people who know how to stay the course. They are generous and fair.


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  5. Great place to work, as far as big law goes

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, not as much face time required as other large firms, stable firm, fairly transparent management, nice people.

    Cons

    Can be overly hierarchical - depends largely on what cases you work on.


  6. Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture for law firm, incredibly smart colleagues, interesting work

    Cons

    hours typical of any big law firm


  7. My experience overall was great!

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, even for part timers! Introduced and welcomed warmly by hiring manager.

    Cons

    There is no training plan implemented. You are just "thrown to the wolves." The environment was hostile to begin with.

    Advice to Management

    Please take the time to train staff on tutorials before training on the floor begins.


  8. Amazing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers, culture, and community!

    Cons

    Really great firm, no negative feedback!


  9. Great place to work hard, learn a lot, very few cons.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Great work. - Great colleagues.

    Cons

    - Long hours -- but this is biglaw. - Sometimes the firm seems cheap in some areas, while spending a lot in others.


  10. Great firm, people and work

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are fantastic and the work is first-rate. I consider myself very lucky to work here

    Cons

    Benefits are expensive and hours are long but both are to be expected in a large international law firm


  11. Avoid New York Litigation Department

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lawyer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is on par with other big firms in New York City. The location of the office, the old Pan Am building, is convenient.

    Cons

    There is no training. Associates do not get the kind of experience required to become a litigator. The work you were told was available during interviews may not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the (litigation) fish rots from the head down.



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