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King & Spalding Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
41 Reviews
3.6
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Project Attorney

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King & Spalding

    Pros

    Learn a lot about document review, and the discovery center tries to maintain a communal atmosphere, with lots of events. Supervisors clearly care about their work.

    Cons

    The work week can change from 40 hours to 70 hours at the drop of a hat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about upcoming extended work hours instead of allowing gossip to run the day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    More than enough work to go around

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great office, environment, smart lawyers.

    Cons

    Somewhat elitist. Long hours. Compensation could be higher.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Depends on the Team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and interesting cases

    Cons

    Working with miserable attorneys who never go home

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

    Software engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King & Spalding

    Pros

    Good location, lots of different technologies.

    Cons

    Lots of different technologies, small budget given the scope.

  6.  

    Project Assistant Experience

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent entry level job. A lot of free food. Over-time pay stops you from going crazy.

    Cons

    Say bye to your social life. You will be putting in, often-times, many more hours than the attorneys themselves. Seeing how much more than you higher-ups make and how much money is wasted is frustrating. This is a very traditional old-school firm that wastes a lot of paper, money, and effort on hardcopies that eventually get thrown away. It is not unusual to see the equivalent of your entire years' salary being spent on an unnecessary amount of minibook copies of a single pleading that end up in the trashcan within the week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reassess traditional practices that waste money, such as an inordinate amount of hardcopies for attorneys who are too stubborn to move into the modern age of technology. The money can be better spent on improving infrastructure -- my computer was extremely slow and nearly falling apart -- to boost employee morale from the bottom up. The paralegals, assistants, and secretaries are the backbone of these law firms after all.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Resume Booster

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume; can list that you have worked for some top companies in the world

    Cons

    treatment of project attorneys is abysmal. supervising attorneys are condescending. people are always coming and going. the discovery center is like a sweatshop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours are generally a modest at 40-45 hours a week most of the time. Occasional 50 weeks are common, except for deadlines which can become severe like any job. If you have no billable work, you still get a paycheck. For Project Attorneys, stress level is very low since you are not taking work home with you, have modest hours, etc. Pay is pretty decent for the average work load. Bosses and coworkers have been mostly great to me. I have had a good experience and it has helped me transition in Atlanta. Tons of free CLEs. Raises are rare but possible. Bonus is also possible, less rare.

    Cons

    No benefits. Extremely difficult room for advancement or training as a Project Attorney. The Discovery Center is a different world than the main firm. Getting stuck in eDiscovery. Boredom at times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Resume building for a reason.

    Former Employee - Litigation Technology Specialist
    Former Employee - Litigation Technology Specialist

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    The work is interesting. Daycare is great. Nice offices. The hours can be long and the attorneys demanding. Some attorneys are quite nice.

    Cons

    Feels like a caste system. There are attorneys and then there is the staff. Years ago it was a nice place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People make up an organization and if you don't value your people they will leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good salary, the best benefits out there, high level work - stays interesting and fun.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Litigation Support Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Litigation Support Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Reasonable placeholder for unemployed lawyers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King & Spalding

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive with habitual offenders, and reward those who consistently excel.

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