Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Run the other way.

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. The people made the experience worthwhile. The upper-level management (Directors and C-level) are grossly out of touch.

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

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible people and great benefits. Lots of office-wide parties and after-hours gatherings.

    Cons

    Most of the executive management are not in touch with the work that is done at the staff level.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Well-run until economy turned

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


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  5. Pretty good for a big law firm

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are very smart people working there. You will be well-trained (although companies in Bay Area may not recognize difference between quality of training here and traditional Bay Area law firms). Seems like a pretty good place for big law firm.

    Cons

    A lot of the attorneys who can't get traction (not always their fault) just hang around and collect a pay check - meaning other folks who have traction get slammed and have to work harder (i.e. uneven delegation of work). Have heard that people pulled a few all nighters - even saw partners do it.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Growing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth. Overall, good group of attorneys and all of the luxuries of a global law firm. Nice offices, Friday morning breakfast, and great benefits.

    Cons

    There is a visible divide between staff and attorneys. The secretaries seem to always be unhappy. The hours can be long and the pressure for excellence is intense. Competitive legal market.


  7. great place to start legal career

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


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

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company but huge machine

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


  10. Helpful (3)

    Worst I.T Department I had ever worked with

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    My Experience at Latham & Watkins was life changing.

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



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