Kramer Levin

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Kramer Levin Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
9 Reviews
3.8
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place tough hours

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

    I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time

    Pros

    nice people that really work hard

    Cons

    hierarchical and not enough exposure for junior colleagues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give younger lawyers more opportunities to shine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Temp floater secretary

    Current Employee - Floater Legal Secretary Temp in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Floater Legal Secretary Temp in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kramer Levin part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Litigation Paralegal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Kramer Levin full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity 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.

    Cons

    Culture 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great paralegal experience at Kramer Levin.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Kramer Levin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    The best advice would be to gain paralegal input into case assignments.

  6.  

    Pretty good larger NY firm to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney, 4th-Year in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Attorney, 4th-Year in New York, NY

    I worked at Kramer Levin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good cases; Pro Bono opportunities

    Cons

    Large firm atmosphere; Can get sucked into large case

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Kramer Levin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kramer 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.

    Cons

    To 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Litigation Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Litigation Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kramer Levin

    Pros

    No screamers; partners are respectful
    Very nice group of associates
    Supportive of pro bono
    Relatively cooperative atmosphere

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give associates meaningful annual reviews and let them know where they stand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    fair workplace

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

    I have been working at Kramer Levin

    Pros

    fair workplace; benefits and compensation competitive

    Cons

    lack of advancement opportunities at firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better communication necessary between management and employees

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Kramer Levin

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Cons 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 ManagementAdvice

    A 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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