Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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Latham & Watkins Global Chair & Managing Partner William Voge
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Pros
  • Very social and nice people as far as law firms go (in 12 reviews)

  • Filled with really great people who care and intelligent folks who enjoy doing a good job (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The hours can be brutal and just like any other big law firm, you are expected to do the work and not complain (in 6 reviews)

  • Like any other top law firm, they own you - and you will be expected to give everything you have (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Perfect Balance

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    Current Employee - Associate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Huge Firm, Small Market, Niche Practice, No Face Time Requirement, Great Pay, Smart People, Tolerable Hours, Fair Review Process

    Cons

    Nothing has surprised me so far. In a perfect world I could get paid the same amount but work less and freely dismiss tasks I dislike, but really things are damn good.


  2. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate environment with smart, motivated staff

    Cons

    Large departments, big law feel

    Advice to Management

    Consider company values


  3. OK Firm

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    Former Employee - Secretary in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Secretary in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    OK Firm, large size, lots of offices

    Cons

    lots of restructuring going on

    Advice to Management

    listen more to employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work and develop your skills.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It has a collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    Can have a flat management structure.


  6. Solid firm!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Working with smart people, challenging opportunities and overall great work environment

    Cons

    Consistency across offices on level of services and overall culture


  7. Helpful (2)

    less talking, more doing

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    Current Employee - Technical Support in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, pay is fair. Firm seems to want to develop staff, but sometimes that easier said than done.

    Cons

    Management track seems to based on tenure instead of merit, which is not always a good thing. While review system appears fair, the bottom line doesn't always match the review content.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting based on tenure. Institute a policy for working from home for exempt staff.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Overall, a great experience with LW. Most people are great to work with while some can micro manage.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    People have long tenure at LW. Not much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micro manage every detail.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Worst I.T Department I had ever worked with

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Salary, Decent Benefits, Free Breakfast every friday

    Cons

    Double Standard, Favoritism Manager throw someone under the bus in no time. Manager will yell at you for his mistakes Not allowed to talk/communicate with other coworkers in the office.

    Advice to Management

    complete makeover the IT department.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Favortism among staff; top-down approach to management; lack of communication; zero room for growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free breakfast, beautiful office, ability to enhance technical skills via free online-tutorials (assuming you have time for this because you ordinarily will not/do not).

    Cons

    Favortism and attrition are the key means that staff members remain employed here. Unless you're an attorney here, your growth and development isn't as important. Performance reviews are designed to keep salary levels low and discourage opportunity to advance into anything more.

    Advice to Management

    Ask questions, listen, and don't leave any stone unturned with regard to your employees. Allocate time to deal with difficult employees rather than punishing your good/strong workers. Playing favorites and employing difficult employees is diminishing to the morale in the firm and it's harming your reputation to a host of viable candidates. Maintaining your status as an elite global law firm will be increasingly difficult in this economy, especially at the macro level so consider the skills of your managers before increasing their budgets. A good manager is a leader and a strong leader is one who develops his/her employees to help enhance/grow the firm, rather than kicking the can further down the road...


  11. Helpful (1)

    Latham & Watkins - Great benefits, great people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Latham provides some of the best benefits that I've seen with an employer. For the most part, they hire great people and the managers are of high caliber. The Firm is not frivoulous with their spending, but spend intelligently in order to weather the economy. They offer plenty of educational opportunities in order to improve upon your skill-set and encourage growth and promotions within the Firm.

    Cons

    Salary is not the most generous, but overall a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Offer anonymous upward reviews.



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