K&L Gates LLP

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K&L Gates LLP Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
49 Reviews

2.8
49 Reviews
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Peter J. Kalis
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  1.  

    It's a large firm in a small town

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    Former Employee - Attorney
    Former Employee - Attorney

    Pros

    Good people in office leadership. Decent base salary for Portland.

    Cons

    Weak benefits. Small bonuses. Firm is very stingy with everything. It's a large firm, with all the focus on billable hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It all depend on who you work for

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

    Pros

    This is a pretty solid large law firm. The pay is competitive with the rest of the legal market.

    Cons

    If you are an associate, how good your work experience is is almost entirely dependent on who you work for. But, I guess that's probably true of any large organization. Also, you'll get worked to death, but that standard operating procedure for big firms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Better Then Iraq Deployment - In Some Ways

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Engineer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    During K&L Gates tour I was not literally shot at. While some complained about the toilet paper it was about on par with what I used in Iraq. While on tour at K&L Gates it was a little more clear who was preparing to sneak up from behind me and stab me in the back. While on tour at K&L Gates it was easier to turn to alcohol after yet another bad day than it was when I was in Iraq.

    Cons

    While on tour at K&L Gates I was appreciated less than I was when I was in Iraq even when factoring in the insurgents. At K&L Gates the work environment was more stressful than what it was when I was running patrols in Iraq. At K&L Gates IT Management was even less proficient at tossing good money after bad than Congress was when I was in Iraq.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've mastered the art of promoting the incompetent and for that I salute you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Top notch firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    I appreciate well qualified and well educated employers and employees.

    Cons

    Just a number after the merge but it's business in 2009.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Good systems; good people; nice people; good orientation and training

    Cons

    not really a con but the place is so big it's hard to get to know everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Horribe Interview Process

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    Former Employee - Legal Clerk  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Clerk in New York, NY

    Pros

    Nothing, everything is a mess at this company, even the office manager dosent' know what to do!

    Cons

    Everything! From Hiring to firing, everything is horrible!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure when you do interviews, set up a time and a place that is appropriate! You can't even schedule correctly, how can I work for you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Staff is Second Class

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Pay is good and work life balance is ok

    Cons

    Unless you're a lawyer, they don't care about you. Unless you're a lawyer staff is Second Class. The mangers are filled with false promises. Training was non-apparent, basically had to train myself with their software and file system. The Communication is horrible.. The line between staff and attorney are clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the staff have a confidential review of Admin and actually do something about it (but doubtful that will ever happen)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Corporate Associate

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

    Pros

    Kind people, laid back environment

    Cons

    Mix of experiences, long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    How well you do depends on who you're friends with

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    Former Employee - Non-legal  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Non-legal in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent pay, decent tools to work with

    Cons

    Inconsistent management throughout the firm. It's as if you work for different companies instead of different departments - there are pockets of good areas. Extremely questionable use of promotions - sometimes promotions are based on merit, other times it completely depends on who you've done favors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Ok to be here for a couple of years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The company name sounds cool. I always tell people the "Gates" is from Bill Gates's father. The offices are in good locations and expensive buildings. Colleagues are all well educated.

    Cons

    The lack of culture. Everyone was busy getting things done in their own offices and don't interact much with each other. The focus is heavily on the bottom line and the lawyers. The staff don't really get much attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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