Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. great place to start legal career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    top notch experience, good project breadth, opportunity for international placements, lifelong friendships and collegial relationships.

    Cons

    firm is cheap about little things (i.e. parking), inconsistency in terms of experience and mentoring, can be cliqueish if you don't fit the right persona

    Advice to Management

    work harder at alumni relationships

  2. As far as Big Law goes its a prett good place to work

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company but huge machine

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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)

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

    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.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Worst I.T Department I had ever worked with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    My Experience at Latham & Watkins was life changing.

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I worked with an amazing group of people.

    Cons

    I didn't find anything wrong with this company.

  7. Good firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment and good pay

    Cons

    None. Is very good company. Nice.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Best place to work in a law firm

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career development, comraderie, great benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    I have no cons for this employer

  9. Great place to start, best of biglaw (if you know what you're getting into)

    • 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 full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High profile deals, exposure to sophisticated matters and clients, great perks, market rate salary, easy to work remotely. Very social and nice people as far as law firms go.

    Cons

    You are always on call, very long hours, unpredictable schedule. Your weekends and holidays are not yours. Your soul may be occasionally/frequently crushed. This is true at all law firms though, as far as I can tell. Also, depending on your group, training may be hard to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Train your juniors, make associates feel valued.

  10. Helpful (3)

    unprofessional and clique-ish work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reference Librarian in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reference Librarian in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    decent salary and employee benefits

    Cons

    gossipy and clique-ish culture made for an unprofessional working environment

    Advice to Management

    it's a law firm so it's hopelessly stratified. Staff are meaningless.

  11. Corporate Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic people, great work and great clients. Period.

    Cons

    Firm attorneys do work weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Your continued focus on transparency in advancement is essential. The firm's people are top notch.

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