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Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
89 Reviews
4.2
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    unprofessional and clique-ish work environment

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    decent salary and employee benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Corporate Associate

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    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)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, great work and great clients. Period.

    Cons

    Firm attorneys do work weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Progressive-minded, friendly people, both attorneys and staff. Wonderful perks

    Cons

    There is a bit of un-ease around the future of the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micro-managing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run for your life!!

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Probably as good as it gets for big law

    Cons

    Still biglaw; people are two sided, partners are greedy. same ol same ol

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow a conscience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good firm

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    Best of the big law firms

    Cons

    It is a big law firm

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be a terrific place, but getting very bound up in rules and procedures,

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    Former Employee - Employee
    Former Employee - Employee

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

    Pros

    Liberal, open-minded, very pro bono-oriented.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management and required approvals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up or risk stifling creativity. Be sure you know what the practice of law means, even if you're not attorneys.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    Good culture for a big firm, particularly in the Southern California offices.

    Cons

    Basically what you'd expect from a big firm.

  9.  

    Solid firm for biglaw practice

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    The firm's California origins seem to have had a positive impact on the culture. Though make no mistake, this is biglaw and a good culture won't change the hours or the workload. Nor does it completely eliminate everyone who is a pain to work with.

    Cons

    The large number of layoffs during the "Great Recession" hurt morale and raised some valid questions about management's vision for ideal staffing levels and leverage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up a healthy mentoring program, the sharing of some financials with associates, and 360 degree reviews.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    You Take What You Bring

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    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Fair pay; nice digs; D.C. location; some good people

    Cons

    Big Law -- lof of hard work, lots of politics and staff uncertainty (are the partners bringing in enough business to sustain the place?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management courses -- lok into it (too much flying by the seat of your pants)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The best of Biglaw

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people and the on the job training is terrific. Global reach and work with the most sophisticated clients.

    Cons

    It is still Biglaw. The hours can be brutal and just like any other big law firm, you are expected to do the work and not complain

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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