Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
28 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great top-tier law firm

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture. The attorneys are friendly and top tier. You get a lot of great responsibility from the get go.

    Cons

    Sometimes, there is a little too much responsibility and I could have used a little more guidance. You need to know to ask for help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best job of my career.

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent salaries, benefits and working conditions. Training is on-going so that you keep your skills state-of the art and if you leave you will be able to get a job anywhere. They do not allow overtime except in extenuating circumstances, which is great because you can have a life after work! The attorneys are approachable, well-mannered and generous. The financial state of the firm is excellent and in spite of the recession, and the demise of other well-placed law firms, our firm thrived!

    Cons

    We work for from 5-7 attorneys and sometimes it is difficult to prioritize when one attorney isn't aware of what another attorney has assigned you to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent steps by management corrected an untenable situation so I am very pleased with management and want to encourage them to continue more of the same. They listen and learn and not very many companies can say that. This creates loyalty, good office morale, and confidence that you are going to have a good day!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Laid back, relaxed atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

    Pros

    Everyone is awesome. Over time and double time a big plus for late nights. Fun yet professional environment.

    Cons

    Compensation. Long hours. Very unorganized management. Do-it yourself training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent, well-run firm; little chance of making partner

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very well-run, stable firm. Excellent, smart lawyers. Good technology, good quality staff, nice perks (e.g., client development and book budgets, lunch budgets, generally a fair amount free food).

    Cons

    Partnership prospectus are fairly low for most associates, though that is true at most big law firms. They do seem to keep senior associates around for a longer time than other firms, or perhaps the associates just don't want to leave. There is definitely an expectation that you will work very, very hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the changing legal landscape, and how an old-school firm like GDC will fit in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Classy/upscale environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    Worked with a group of professional and classy individuals

    Cons

    A few of the attorney's were a bit on the "stuffy" side and appeared to look down on staff, while others were approachable and friendly.

  7.  

    Unfair to Non-Legal Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some nice people but unfair admin practices.

    Cons

    May be a nice place for attorneys, but not so great for non-legal staff. Rules and practices are unfair to staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat non-legal staff more humanely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly Sweat Shop

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    Top notch partners to work for and learn from. Comp is top of the market. No layoffs were conducted during the downturn (although reviews were tougher). Exit opportunities are top tier. Partners are (almost) always extremely nice to work for and the GDC culture takes pride in that attitude. Everyone, including janitors, are treated with utmost respect by superiors. Review process is about as fair as it gets (it's done by a partner from another practice group in another office).

    Cons

    Work very hard and ALWAYS expected to be on call. Lack of long-term opportunities, even though way more mid-level attorneys here than at other firms are led to believe otherwise for quite some time - results in a very competitive environment with your peers as you get more senior. Free market system is pitched as this awesome panacea, but actually results in not having the opportunity to work with a number of partners who have their go-to people and will not staff anyone else unless such persons are too busy (whereas, at other firms, a partner work coordinator will have some say in preventing this monopolization from occurring). Efforts to integrate lateral attorneys are non-existent and the free market system exacerbates this problem further (i.e., laterals better hope there's excess work when they start because there's no work coordinator to make sure they get staffed).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The free market system needs some adjustments to deal with its deficiencies, which are partner monopolization of certain associates (preventing other attorneys from getting the chance to work with those partners) and need a partner to make sure lateral attorneys are getting integrated properly into the staffing of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great law firm for associates and a great place to start one's career

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free market system, nice people, definitely better than most biglaw peers.

    Cons

    Still biglaw, meaning tedious work and being on call. Firm follows market in terms of bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to pay above market salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pleasant but demanding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible with work, life, balance.

    Cons

    Mistakes are difficult to process.

  11.  

    I like the work here. But it is generally busy as junior associate. The people here are very helpful and collegial.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good office environment. Good job allocation. Free market system. High quality work. Decent people, and cooperative environment. Strong in litigation.

    Cons

    Small size of office. Narrow scope of practice. Tough toward junior associates. Too much social events. Hard to communicate with the paralegal and other staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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