Latham & Watkins Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
83 Reviews

3.8
83 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 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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  1.  

    Good but not like it was

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, high end work and good pay

    Cons

    very hours driven.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Back in the day, where everyone wanted to work

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    Former Employee - Technology Support Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technology Support Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Extremely laid-back atmosphere
    Hefty bonuses
    Strong camaraderie between employees
    Kick off your shoes at the end of the day and walk barefoot throughout the office
    Everyone is approachable from the lowest on the totem pole to Heaven

    Cons

    Big lay-off significantly changed employee perception about the firm
    Virtually no room for advancement
    "Lifer" employees only leave when they die
    Assistants managing day-to-day tasks for up to 10 associates
    Management will not hire any support staff over 35
    Secretaries marry partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This veritable sinking ship needs to retrain it's captains or get rid of the barnacles and trade them in for new blood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion 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 for 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.  

    It's a law firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Latham & Watkins

    Pros

    --notable in California
    --people are okay
    --good pay
    --easy location in SF

    Cons

    --low morale and a lot of work after layoffs
    --san francisco office is not strong for corporate work but fine for litigation
    --tension between sf and sv corporate departments
    --very busy and not enough people after layoffs, so everyone is getting killed now

    No opinion of CEO

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