Latham & Watkins

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Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
91 Reviews
4.1
91 Reviews
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Latham & Watkins Chairman and Managing Partner Bob Dell
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Full time employee working for 7+ years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    Good benefits, people, and many perks of a big law firm

    Cons

    Demand for over time makes it difficult for work-life balance

  2.  

    OK Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Secretary in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Secretary in Los Angeles, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    listen more to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Strong biglaw

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

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    Great culture, good training, variety of work, smart colleagues

    Cons

    Understaffed which means extremely long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Used to be great...

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

  6.  

    Great place to work and develop your skills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Solid firm!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A great place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Services Trainee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Services Trainee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The staff is composed of some of the best coworkers out there, and the office is filled with a warm, dynamic workforce. The gulf between attorneys and staff that is common in BigLaw is not very prevalent here. Senior management and HR have taken a great interest in us and ensuring we have a fulfilling experience, investing a vast amount of the firm's time in training and developing us. The BSTP program specifically is a great way to learn valuable skills, and every group around the firm has been very receptive and welcoming. Couldn't ask for a better

    Cons

    Pay could be better, but benefits are top-notch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good but not like it was

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, high end work and good pay

    Cons

    very hours driven.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's a biglaw job.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    Great pay, people probably better than most law firms.

    Cons

    Long unpredictable hours, but that's no different from any other big law firm.

  11.  

    Great big firm; but expect long hours.

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

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

    Pros

    Best big firm to work at in terms of experience, quality of work, and fun people.

    Cons

    Very much a what have you done for me lately place. If your practice area dries up, even temporarily, you should have a plan B. Partners don't share credit with each other, unlike other places.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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