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Kirkland & Ellis Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
76 Reviews

3.6
76 Reviews
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Kirkland & Ellis Chairman Jeffrey C. Hammes
Jeffrey C. Hammes
25 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, nice people to work with (attorneys and support staff) (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits and time off given and semi-flexible schedule (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance, no opportunities for professional growth (in 11 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    tough place to work, great place to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great clients, great compensation, and a culture that values attorneys taking early responsibility.

    Cons

    increasingly political management decisions, many partners don't have much respect for your personal life or needs, hard charging culture can be a bit callous, free market system can bury people that aren't willing to hustle for work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Rough work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Kirkland pays top salaries. The clients are name-brand companies, the cases and transactions are large-scale, and the employees are bright.

    Cons

    Opportunities for associates are hit-or-miss, depending on which partners you happen to know. The size of the firm can make the work isolating. Hours are extremely variable.

  3.  

    Nice place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good salaries, great people

    Cons

    Some difficulty with policies. Difficult to get training.

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  5.  

    Not An Attorney

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, hours are typically pretty decent, occasionally you have to work over time but are compensated well for it.

    Cons

    Yearly review process is a joke, it rarely ever helps you but can definitely hurt you. Upper management in my department is also a joke, there truly is no need for a department manager here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perfection. No exception.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    In San Francisco, details are key. Projects are numerous and fast-paced. Good benefits and terrific people. Management seems genuinely concerned with work-life and personal needs.

    Cons

    If you aren't in the Main office it is difficult to move upward and grow your skill set. Follow through on promised training is lacking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work/life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, flexible with time off

    Cons

    Upper management. If you do not always agree, your treated as an outcast.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run away- you do not want to work here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    They do have decent benefits, although their salary is on the low side (you make more with overtime, but that means you have to work overtime--not worth it). And you will need those benefits (like health insurance) because this place will destroy your health and well-being

    Cons

    This place is horrible and will eat your soul. Do not work here; the department leadership has the wrong priorities, and "work-life balance" is a fantasy. Everyone is miserable and most of the staff feels trapped, and if you are good at your job, management will pigeon-hole you and make it impossible for you to develop your skills so that you're able to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't grind good workers into the ground and expect them to want to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great law firm with significant deal exposure but long hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great pay; smart colleagues; interesting cases

    Cons

    some people working there are insane;

  10.  

    not bad

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

    Pros

    Experience as a new attorney and the complexity of the deals

    Cons

    No work-life balance. No matter what, every office always has the gunners that will find you and offer you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - they do all they can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a large law firm

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Attorney in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    There's money to be made and plenty of sophisticated work to go around. In that sense, it's typical of a high-end law firm.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of hours, and at time the demands of clients and partners are high. There's also not much visibility into management decisions. So like a large law firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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