Latham & Watkins Reviews in San Diego, CA

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Pros
  • Very social and nice people as far as law firms go (in 11 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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    Excellent working conditions and benefits

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Goal was to create global law firm with small office environment

    Cons

    Lost that tight-knit family feel through growth of firm; too many management layers in organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create avenues of growth for administrative and legal support staff. Shed the legal secretaries who are not carrying their weight, but "married" to their partners. Giving them raises/bonuses just because of who their partners are hurts morale of the best employees.

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    Work hard and use to play hard but not so much anymore.

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    People are extremely sharp but are able to have a conversation about things other than work. Compensation and benefits are very competitive, so there is reward for the demanding work and hours. Senior attorneys are some of the best, so there are excellent examples to learn from.

    Cons

    People are too busy to stop and talk, whether it be casual or even shop talk. I think the informal mentoring that is helpful to building expertise and teams is minimal.

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