Kramer Levin Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Great Service to Clients but Unchanging Management Style

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

    I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Kramer Levin is a great firm with high level work and which provides excellent service to clients. It's an overall friendly place with few "screamers." It offers associates the ability to take on challenging work in major cases.

    Cons

    Partners are sometimes resistant to change. Unlike some of my friends' firms, some departments at Kramer have no coherent system to manage associate workflow, which leads to work an inordinate amount of working landing with a small number of associates. In addition, I have observed that senior associates with more aggressive (and sometimes abrasive) personalities have been made partner while more collegial and collaborative styled-senior associates were skipped over. Finally, even successful associates receive virtually no positive recognition for their work, which is culturally viewed as a bare minimum, rather than something worth appreciating.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a coherent system to spread work among associates more evenly (the nature of the work obviously does not allow for total equality of workflow) across all departments.


  2. Excellent firm if you are in the right practice group

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

    I worked at Kramer Levin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kramer was a fantastic firm for me, but it is very practice group dependent.

    Cons

    There are limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Promote homegrown associates!


  3. Associate

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

    I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work with some cool people. Don't get used to it because they leave.

    Cons

    No work life balance Culture is not like it used to be because of all the lateral hires

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention. The churn rate is too high.


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  5. Great place tough hours

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

    I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice people that really work hard

    Cons

    hierarchical and not enough exposure for junior colleagues

    Advice to Management

    give younger lawyers more opportunities to shine


  6. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Litigation Paralegal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  8. Great paralegal experience at Kramer Levin.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

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


  9. Pretty good larger NY firm to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good cases; Pro Bono opportunities

    Cons

    Large firm atmosphere; Can get sucked into large case


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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

    I have been working at Kramer Levin

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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