Kenyon Reviews

Updated June 19, 2014
Updated June 19, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Kenyon has been a great place to hone my patent litigation skills with the best in the profession.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney

    I have been working at Kenyon full-time

    Pros

    The people here really know the ins and outs of patent law and do high quality work. It's a place where you can learn from the best.

    Cons

    Getting staffed on good cases can take effort and persistence. It's important to build relationships with the partners who have work to give out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Distribute work on a more democratic/meritocratic basis. Promote mentoring by crediting senior associates for the time they spend training junior associates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Disillusioned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kenyon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot from partners who clearly know a lot about IP. Plenty of work for junior associates. Interesting cases. Compensation is ok for the amount of work.

    Cons

    Crazy staffing cuts. Stealth layoffs. Lots of whispers of general discontent. Hard to get staffed on interesting cases unless you receive favorable treatment from a partner. More and more associates are quietly leaving. Taking vacations is frowned upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Distribute the workload more fairly to associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Instability City

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kenyon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some really good people here. They use a 35 hour work week which is really nice. The schedules vary and some people start much earlier in the day and some stay much later but working from 8:30 to 4:30 is really nice.

    Cons

    The firm seems to be in a constant state of turmoil with people coming and going like there was a revolving door. Very often there is no announcement or explanation - people are just gone. This leads to lots of gossip and speculation and none of it is ever good.

    The quest to cut costs has led to a never-ending round of benefit cuts. The benefits are still ok but anyone who has been there a while will tell you that it isn't what it was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and honest with the employees. Secrecy breeds gossip and discontent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Paralegal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kenyon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good entry-level job to gain experience

    Cons

    low salary, need more interactive events/activties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more central management of the paralegals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Smart, Unsociable Associates v. Mean, Demanding Partners

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kenyon

    Pros

    - Great Location with views of the water and statue of liberty from some offices.
    - free coffee and milk
    - liberal maternity leave policy
    - many women partners

    Cons

    - long hours
    - partners that yell at associates
    - very little recognition for hard work and efforts
    - taking vacation time is frowned upon
    - no social culture for non-staff members
    - high billable hour minimum (2050 litigation, 1950 prosecution)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your associates, treat people with respect, lower the billable hour requirements to market level, have a more transparent review system that allows self reviews and upward reviews of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kenyon

    Pros

    lots to learn if you are willing
    long hours, but rewards
    great for entry level job, followed by lateral move into other firms

    Cons

    lack of international presence compared to other firms in IP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    diversify workforce some more to get more international clients and experiences
    look to form / manage offices in other countries to expand customer base

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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