Kirkland & Ellis Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Kirkland & Ellis Chairman Jeffrey C. Hammes
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Pros
  • Great benefits, flexible work hours available for some positions, professional environment where people are valued (in 6 reviews)

  • Very good salaries, great people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance, no opportunities for professional growth (in 13 reviews)

  • some long hours but that is to be expected in the industry (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Hard work leads to growth...at a cost.

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

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work with the best and the brightest. Constantly pushing for growth. Great compensation, mentoring and training programs.

    Cons

    Desire to grow and expand leads to work-flow issues and long hours. It is up to each employee to carve out his or her own career - no hand holding or coddling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep rewarding junior and mid-level associates. Consider how to allocate work in a manner that is most efficient while still allowing for the free market approach.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Avoid unless you need resume-building material.

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    Former Employee - IT Staff
    Former Employee - IT Staff

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is competitive, sometimes pretty good. The benefits are very good and very LGBT friendly.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance does not exist. Those overtime opportunities I mentioned above? Try mandatory overtime. On call 24/7 for weeks straight. And you WILL get a call every night at around 2am from some jerk in another office across the country who has a completely non-urgent question. Huge staff reductions and everybody is expected to just work longer and harder instead of reasonable staffing. 2 hours mandatory overtime every day, plus you will have to come into the office at least twice per month on the weekends for an 8 hour shift.

    Many very, very, rude attorneys that will go out of their way to try and get you fired if you tell them that their request is not possible or against policy. Company policy does not matter at all if somebody wants something bad enough. Then you get reprimanded by your boss because you didnt' bend over backwards to break policy for some low-rung associate that thinks they are a hotshot because they went to Harvard.

    Management is disconnected and actively works to find ways to give you a bad review at the end of the year.

    Pathetic yearly bonuses and raises for support staff. One year I got $50, before taxes. THANKS, but that doesn't make up for the job ruining my relationships with my family and friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing stupid games with your employees. Respect them and reward them for their hard work, instead of making them fear for their jobs all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Good entry level position

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant Clerk in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of benefits (covered rides home, breakfast, overtime opportunities) and because it's such a large firm you get to help on some interesting cases.

    Cons

    It can be tedious. Also, for the rates they bill clients, some of the practices need to be updated. Some people are still printing everything or are bad with using technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All levels should be required to undergo periodic training. New employees (younger people) are trained and required to know how to use technology, and yet the upper level management sometimes has no idea how to use the same technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Unfair treatment to employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis

    Pros

    Good benefits. Semi flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Annual performance can be skewed by reviewer. Since you are not told about it until 1.5 years later, sometimes you have no idea what the reference is nor can you provide evidence to the contrary. If an attorney make a complaint about you (even if there are no evidences or the situation is minor), you can still loose your assignment without notice. There are too many difficult attorneys that can make your life miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of difficult attorneys and excellent support staff

  6. Paraprofessional legal

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis

    Pros

    Wonderful, challenging caseloads with adequate work life balance. Excellent pay structure and very generous bonuses. Excellent group of colleagues and attorneys. Compensation for overtime and flextime.

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours and overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Technology department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis

    Pros

    The benefits and salary are good. Unlimited personal days. Great location in downtown Chicago.

    Cons

    long hours, on call 24/7. very demanding attorneys and senior staff. IT management is something to be desired. If you are not a favorite of the CIO, then keep your resume updated, there will be no advancement. Too much focus on the bad, barely any focus on the good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not the smartest ones in the room. Do your job by providing leadership, not by doing the job of your subordinates. Praise your employees by saying thanks for the hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. One of the best companies to work for! Strongly recommended!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    I would like less commute time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Expectation of total commitment to work. Mostly good people, long hours.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Support staff is compensated well, but it must be earned. Overtime opportunities are abundant. Travel assignments typically come with good perks.

    Cons

    Support staff is expected to work late/weekends/travel at a moment's notice. Very poor work/life balance. Case schedules dictate workload, and the expectation is that work will come before everything else, all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Additional benefits/perks would motivate staff. Hard to expect support staff to make time sacrifices comparable to attorneys at only a fraction of the compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Incredible place for hardworkers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis

    Pros

    Great people to work with, incredibly helpful and supportive. The pay is also good.

    Cons

    You'll have to work long hours, but if that's your type of environment the perks are epic.

  11. A professional and understanding company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis

    Pros

    This is an organization which is maintained by intelligent, conscientious people. Whoever decides on a business relationship with this company will not regret their decision.

    Cons

    In my experience I didn't find any.

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