Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
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  1. 5 people found this helpful

    I was a legal secretary

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great law firm; great name and can go elsewhere with it to smaller places; good people and no screamers, just very nice people

    Cons

    unreasonable staffing numbers for some assistants because the headcount isn't what it once was; we need about 15 extra people in my office to get everything done in the time they want it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Used to be great...

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    Former Employee - Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Departmental get-togethers at professional conferences were a great way to get together and share ideas, advice, experiences.

    Cons

    As someone else said, leaders are all in cahoots with each other and don't pay any mind to staff, only care about looking good to their higher-ups and catering to attorney whims. Insecure, nervous administrators neither lead nor help their managers, but, rather, set them impossible tasks and then watch while the managers either make them (the admins) look good, or drown.

    Senior management withheld raises and bonuses based on single events, not on year-long developments.

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Good firm, but not a good place for a long term career

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Look, these are smart folks. It's a hell of franchise, a fairly well run place, and it's true that the culture is better than other places. Compensation was fair and my bonuses were generally above market. That said, I have to say that I came away with more cons than pros and my experience just left a bad taste in my mouth overall

    Cons

    where do I start? not enough career opportunities, backstabbing culture, cliquey culture that is based on which group you end up practicing with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not really in a position to give them any advice. If you aren't in the club, you're on the outside looking in. And from the outside, management looks to be doing a pretty good job. I just wish that that didn't mean killing people's careers. There were some of us who clearly made the wrong decision starting our careers off at Latham, but I'm not bitter; eventually you reap, what you sow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. For a big law firm, it's as good as it gets.

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good compensation, prestigious, good group of people

    Cons

    long and unpredictable hours, demanding clients

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Run the other way.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Filled with really great people who care and intelligent folks who enjoy doing a good job.
    -Staff are encouraged to reach out to other departments in order to do a good job.
    -Usually a pretty decent work-life balance except during busy times.
    -Lots of opportunities and resources for staff and attorneys like health classes, software refreshers, and some (but not very useful) employee discounts.

    Cons

    -Management leaders are non-genuine, will smile at your face and stab you in the back. They turn employees against each other and create an every-man-for-themselves environment with no sense of loyalty or respect for staff contributions.
    -Also create an environment where everyone is disposable and replaceable.
    -Extremely limited growth in the company -- only chances come to those who are fake and brownie-nose at the expense of their fellow colleagues. So don't even bother with "extra-credit" type opportunities which will be ignored.
    -Leaders are all in cahoots with each other and don't pay any mind to staff, only care about looking good to their higher-ups and catering to attorney whims.
    -Extremely horrible communication where everyone is vague and not clear in explaining future changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a heart and a conscience. Stop looking out only for yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Well-run until economy turned

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Culture; salary; big interesting deals; smart people; lots of retreats. Also had the opportunity to work with many of the other offices.

    Cons

    Management did not handle the mass layoffs (45% including stealths) in 2009 well and many are still feeling the effects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. As far as Big Law goes its a prett good place to work

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best people on a pure legal skills basis and personality wise. Always treated with respect and a great teaching environment. People are willing to invest in your education and growth as an attorney.

    Cons

    Still basically a sweatshop. You will work a ton of house and be a slave to the whims of the firm's clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop expanding and chasing the latest trends. Focus on the people and training and client service will follow the top notch work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company but huge machine

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

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

    Pros

    -Excellent benefits compared to other companies
    -One of the things the firm has going for it is its fantastic culture which is really collegial with great people.
    -Lots of opportunities to make yourself stand out.

    Cons

    -Unless you're an attorney or someone higher up in the staff, you're just another cog in the machine.
    -Work you do is not valued and does not contribute to success of firm.
    -Relationships between staff and management can be a bit political.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    My Experience at Latham & Watkins was life changing.

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I worked with an amazing group of people.

    Cons

    I didn't find anything wrong with this company.

    Recommends
  11. Best place to work in a law firm

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Latham & Watkins part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Career development, comraderie, great benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    I have no cons for this employer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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