King & Spalding
3.3 of 5 32 reviews
www.kslaw.com Atlanta, GA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 10, 2014

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57% Approve of the CEO

King & Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hays Jr.

Robert D. Hays Jr.

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74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good salary, the best benefits out there, high level work - stays interesting and fun.

    Litigation Support Specialist (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe benefits package far out weighs any other benefits package out there (401k, salary match, medical, dental, vision). The attorneys are all extremely intelligent - cream of the crop and they continue to get smarter. If you work hard and show your worth the respect will come with it.

    ConsEverything is urgent and an emergency - given the type of work it's understandable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Reasonable placeholder for unemployed lawyers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsUnlike most doc shops, they provide a stable environment and a salaried position, rather than being paid per document or only when work is available.

    ConsNo room to realistically grow your career. All project attorneys, regardless of performance and work quality, are compensated equally. Little incentive to stand out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more proactive with habitual offenders, and reward those who consistently excel.

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    Basically enjoyed working here

    Legal Secretary (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood salary and benefits at the time; flexible work schedule; plenty of overtime available at the time. Most employees are team players. Great, classy Christmas party!

    ConsObvious preferential treatment if you were one of HR's favored employees, but if you did your job and kept your head down you'd be okay. Many employees who were there for a long time kept their jobs because they were favored and snitches for HR, not because they could actually do the work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat all employees who work hard and produce for you fairly, even if they aren't your favorite people. Judge the work product not the person/personality.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    King & Spalding is one of the best law firms in the nation.

    Project Attorney (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat experience with a tier one law firm that will expose you to many areas of law working with some of the biggest companies in the world. Great resume builder, looks very impressive when applying to other law firms.

    ConsSchedule is not very predictable or flexible. Pay is low until and if you can get promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up more staff attorney positions to project attorneys who have proven their worth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    At least it's a job...

    Project Attorney (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsWill get to work on some high level cases and attorneys.

    Depending on the project you are on, you work with some great people.

    ConsPay is low and don't expect much in the way of raises. No benefits.

    They expect you to bill associate level hours.

    Management will create overbearing policies.

    While you get a pay check, this job will do nothing for your career unless you plan on reviewing documents for the rest of your life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave room for advancement of project attorneys.

    Pay raises.

    Benefits.

    Treat project attorneys as professionals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Human Resources (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsNothing good about this place

    ConsTerrible place to work. Would not recommend to anyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to staff.

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    Work hard

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat matters, smart people, good experience for transition to another firm or in-house

    ConsVery demanding hours, no clear strategy for associates getting promoted, excessive focus on hours for everyone (partners down to junior associates)

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to focus on hours, you need to pay top dollar.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work.

    Paralegal (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe culture of the firm is great.

    ConsI Cant think of one.

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    Working for the best made me a better, smarter employee

    Professional Staff (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    Prosvery professional, prestigious firm with many extremely intelligent people working there

    Consuptight, atmosphere has become too "corporate," less and less value placed on people and only emphasis is on making money

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget that the people who work for you, especially long-term employees, are your greatest assets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Associate (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    Pros+ Long and storied reputation in Atlanta
    + Generally good exit options based on firm reputation
    + Can get great experience in the right groups

    Cons- long hours
    - low salary increases and compressed scale
    - relatively low compensation compared to other markets, but with same time demands

    Advice to Senior ManagementPPP numbers are unsustainable and are causing a cratering of a once proud institution.

    Also, the "national" rates are too high and are pricing K&S out of the Atlanta market, a supremely short-sighted decision.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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