Latham & Watkins
3.5 of 5 73 reviews
www.lw.com Los Angeles, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Latham & Watkins Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated Mar 8, 2014
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3.0 8 reviews

                             

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Latham & Watkins Chairman and Managing Partner Bob Dell

Bob Dell

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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less talking, more doing

Technical Support (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than 8 years

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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementStop promoting based on tenure. Institute a policy for working from home for exempt staff.

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

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than 8 years

ProsPeople are very nice and helpful.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't micro manage every detail.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Worst I.T Department I had ever worked with

Programmer (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than a year

ProsDecent Salary, Decent Benefits, Free Breakfast every friday

ConsDouble 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 Senior Managementcomplete makeover the IT department.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Latham & Watkins

ProsFree 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).

ConsFavortism 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 Senior ManagementAsk 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...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Latham & Watkins - Great benefits, great people

Support Staff (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Latham & Watkins

ProsLatham 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer anonymous upward reviews.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Latham: A Mixed Bag

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Latham & Watkins

ProsThe name carries tremendous weight and clout when attys/staff leave for other firms or opportunities.

ConsHorrid hours, frequently uneven workflow, typical big-firm style politics and personae. The trouble with top tier firms such as LW presents a bit of catch-22. Culturally-speaking, while attorneys and staff are often told (especially during recruitment or interviews) that the Firm prides itself on maintaining a "culture of collaboration" and a free and open exchange of ideas between all organizational levels within the Firm, this seems seldom, if ever, the case. We, like so many other big firms, recruit only the best of the best from the best of the best schools (or so we're encouraged to believe). With such bright an intellectually potent legal minds one frequently encounters individuals who make rather poor communicators and collaborators and often bring with them cultural/social traits which are rather difficult to reconcile with the Firm's insistance that its corporate culture is one of equity and openness. There is, much more than people are comfortable admitting, a very real and palpable "upstairs/downstairs" quality to attorney/staff interactions at Latham which regrettably seems inescapable.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't deify attorneys. Treat all strata of staff as the competent, intelligent professionals they are. Be completely honest about expected job performancnce/outcome as well as required competencies/performance minimums. Most importantly, be honest with staff concerning salaries, pay rises, promotions, etc. Don't pigeonhole or limit otherwise talented staff who express an interest in exploring career opportunities in other departments or practice areas with the Firm/local office.

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Fantastic resume fodder at a dramatic price

Associate (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Latham & Watkins

ProsReputation, true meritocracy until the partnership track levels, great training and fantastic high level clients. The people at L W are nice and the environment is mostly friendly, but when the time exists for work to be done don't expect to go home. great relationships are there for the making as people seem willing to help you in your career growth path. The associates committee is receptive to suggestion and there is a real focus on setting up unhappy assocaites with a good in house position that could turn out to be a mutually beneficial situation for bot the employee and the firm.

ConsIt is truly a religion. You have to believe and plege your life to it. No such thing as a personal life. Working 40 hours straight is not something you are likely to avoid in your first few years tehre. The billing rates of the associates are outrageous and for that rate clients get a team of slaves willing to work around the clock to satisfy the client's needs. There is no such thing as a good excuse to be MIA if there is a deal closing. Be it a family party, visitors from out of town or your own wedding, client's needs come first.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake stock of who your bright young people are and don't burn them into the ground. Those that leave LW in their eraly years are typically the good ones who get burnt out by overuse.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great firm

Business Development Manager (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Latham & Watkins

ProsLatham has earned their great reputation among the law firms: smart, nice people who are very respectful and enjoyable to work with, good benefits, amazing and useful resources within the firm, overall positive work environment, each office is unique and has different culture, one of the most respected law firms in the world.

ConsLatham has a 24/7 work environment. There is not as much opportunity for administrative level employees to move up. Salaries are often not as competitive as the other major law firms especially for administrative level staff. Sometimes the procedures and policies put in place can be useful but also work against you when trying to move projects forward.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to support your administrative professionals who work hard and exceed expectations of the partners. Offer flexibility in working schedule as the 24/7 environment can really take a toll on individuals.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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