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Updated Jun 23, 2014

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3.6 8 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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Paul S. Pearlman

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Temp floater secretary

    Floater Legal Secretary Temp (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsMany desks to cover, many areas of practice, opportunity to learn new software, excellent per diem pay. Mostly professional and very nice people.

    ConsWould have wanted more instruction on certain programs and protocol....Just more time to go over with instructor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing. I considered it a privilege to work at Kramer Levin, even if it was only as a temp floater spot.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Litigation Paralegal

    Litigation Paralegal (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsOpportunity to work with some really bright people. The work-life balance really is one of the best out of any of the big law firms in NYC. Many associates and even partners were also understanding. The firm's pro bono practice is also very distinguished and really separates the firm from the rest.

    ConsCulture is stagnant, but this is more a characteristic of the biglaw as a whole. There were many instances of cutting corners and not producing the best work that we could produce.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great paralegal experience at Kramer Levin.

    Paralegal (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe best part of working at Kramer Levin is the work life balance. Though a lot is expected of you both time and work quality, there is a also an appreciation that there is life outside of the office. I think this is a situation that is pretty uncommon at law firms of this size and prestige.

    ConsThere was a pretty competitive environment for being assigned to the best cases and working with certain attorneys. Though this wasn't apparent in all departments it was definitely noticeable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe best advice would be to gain paralegal input into case assignments.

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    Pretty good larger NY firm to work for.

    Attorney, 4th-Year (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood cases; Pro Bono opportunities

    ConsLarge firm atmosphere; Can get sucked into large case

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

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    Top notch large law firm, with all the pros and cons of that business.

    Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsKramer Levin is populated by exceptionally smart and hard-working attorneys, and as a result, they attract some of the most interesting kinds of cases and clientele. Salary seemed to be industry standard at the time, and the firm is dedicated to pro bono work, adapting new technology, and other useful initiatives.

    ConsTo be blunt, there are individuals there who are very intelligent lawyers, but who have atrocious people/management skills. Some simply don't manage associates well, others are, basically, petty and mean-spirited bullies. Finding the right partners to work with, and continuing to make yourselves visible to the right partners, is crucial. Simply being willing to work hard is not enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement could learn to develop new positions/tracks/professional development routes for associates who are talented and valuable but not "partnership" material.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad place as law firms go but slim chances of advancement and overall poor communication from partners

    Litigation Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsNo screamers; partners are respectful
    Very nice group of associates
    Supportive of pro bono
    Relatively cooperative atmosphere

    ConsLack of meaningful feedback
    Overall, chances of promotion are slim and partners do a poor job of communicating with associates about their future
    Small group of business generators supports a large number of service partners and associates, so it can be competitive to get good work

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive associates meaningful annual reviews and let them know where they stand

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    fair workplace

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfair workplace; benefits and compensation competitive

    Conslack of advancement opportunities at firm

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter communication necessary between management and employees

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    One of the best firms in NY to maintain a sane lifestyle

    Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsThe firm (at least in litigation) is a genuine meritocracy. Those who do a good job will get recognized and succeed early on.

    ConsCons are those at any large law firm in New York. You will work hard and long hours, but the difference is that here you work with people who are reasonable and nice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA better job needs to be done to impart the firm culture to new partners, who often are used to the ways of other, less civil firms.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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