Kirkland & Ellis Reviews

Updated June 24, 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. Videographer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Myrtle Beach, SC

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Clear direction from a professional boss and great material to work with.

    Cons

    Not enough assignments came up due to not much of a demand in the area.


  2. Good Firm - Management Not So Good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good place to work if you are staff. You learn a lot and good benefits.

    Cons

    Demanding hours so be aware if you have family obligations or plan to have a personal life. No work life balance. New managers are not trained well at all.

    Advice to Management

    Some department managers should take managerial classes and be aware of the needs of staff.


  3. Great Firm

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm has great compensation

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Helpful (1)

    IT Difficult environment, no work life balance

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Nice location and views. Catered continental breakfast. Good building safety team as well as a decent training program the firm offers.

    Cons

    Lot of the blame game going around here in It. Culture of fear within starting from the top. Rude and judgemental. Somewhat of and old boys club, if your not in with upper management or their cronies they will tend to pin sone tail on you sooner or later.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp IT , Set up a code of conduct, teach upper management how to behave and don't mistreat staff.


  6. Legal Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Great training programs, good bonuses, salary and incentives

    Cons

    Poor quality of life, and almost no work-life balance


  7. Helpful (3)

    Practice Support Assistant

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    Current Employee - Practice Support Assistant
    Current Employee - Practice Support Assistant

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Established company with plenty of structure. Hard work is part of the culture and those who slack off don't last. Everyone acts as a team and supports one another to achieve goals. It's a great place to push yourself and reach for the stars.

    Cons

    If you're not willing to work hard, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the ones worth keeping like they are worth keeping. Don't let the good ones slip away.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Creme of the Crop

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis

    Pros

    Great Law Firm in Chicago hands down!

    Cons

    There are no cons, just a great bunch of people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Kirkland pays very well, and I've learned a lot from working from really the sharpest lawyers around.

    Cons

    It's a lot of work and like most large law firms it is tough to get great legal experience at an early age.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Staff

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits / lots of time off

    Cons

    Upper management unreponsive and out for themselves

    Advice to Management

    Value staff


  11. Helpful (2)

    Why are so many people leaving?

    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good salaries.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work long hours. There are secretarial pods here now. Many secretaries have been there 25-30-35 years. In some ways they are behind the times but are slowly catching up in technologies.



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