Quinn Emanuel

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Quinn Emanuel Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
20 Reviews
3.5
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Top of the line litigation firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel full-time

    Pros

    The cases you will take are incredibly interesting and the people you work with are incredibly bright. Compensation is high end. There are opportunities to improve your skill set and you have a better shot at making partner than at many firms of comparable quality.

    Cons

    Clients expect the world of QE, given the high-profile cases that they retain QE for, and attorneys have to work hard to meet their expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business is growing great, but more can be done to show that attorneys are valued. Partners should be encouraged to treat their teams to dinner, etc., and emphasize their value to the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Toxic, abusive environment that was positively bleeding associates

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very prestigious, generally interesting work. Quinn has a fearsome reputation, so by working there, people consider you highly competent and accomplished. The associates I worked with were largely decent, if down-trodden people. A small number of partners were respected and well-liked.

    Cons

    Horribly abusive, toxic environment. Associates were miserable and quitting in droves. I have worked at two other Biglaw firms, so I have some frame of reference. In the brief time I was there, numerous associates quit. One guy walked out on December 23 with two hours' notice--it was that bad (Granted, his wife was a doctor, so he could pull a stunt like that. Most of us aren't so lucky). The partners were largely "screamers" and hypercritical without providing the least bit of training, mentoring, or assistance. It was a culture of blame and negativity. The support staff was far below average. There were no legal secretaries to speak of--instead, associates were expected to handle all of their own electronic filings and other duties that are often handled by secretaries in Biglaw. Almost immediately upon joining, it became apparent how Quinn manages to stay so profitable: it cuts corners everywhere and works associates to death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to win by being the best--not by skirting the ethical line. Treat your people well, and it will pay dividends. Once word gets out that your profits per partner are only high because you run associates into the ground--not because you're exceptional attorneys--you're not going to be considered such a hot commodity. Your business model is not sustainable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    If you find a good group of attorneys you're golden

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Quinn Emanuel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There can be a lot of down time.

    Good benefits.

    Can be good experience.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of down time.

    Pay is low.

    No growth or incentive to work harder than what you are compensated for.

    They add attorneys to your team without notice or compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hours should be based on your group of attorneys' schedules. If your partner leaves at 3 and all is taken care of, assistants should be able to leave at 3 without deduction or penalty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very hostile work environment.

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

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Can't think of anything that is pro employees. Company is very stingy and pay scale is way below market rate. Most support staff are subpar and lazy. Technology is subpar (company does not have an intranet page, despite its size and number of offices worldwide)

    Cons

    Too many to list -- from culture to attitude (politics of vicious and secret control) of SF management and level of education of old timers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture is worst. First step should be to weed out office parasites, those who are ignorant, incompetent and lazy. Then invest in technology and hire qualified support staff and pay employees commensurate with their skill level and experience and not below market rates.

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

    Secretary Experience at Quinn Emanuel

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I have been working at Quinn Emanuel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get out of it what you put in - if you look for work or more responsibility you will find it (and be more satisfied in your role) and the opposite is also true. Not strictly a pro, but accurate.

    Cons

    There aren't really any downsides per se - again, you decide how much you get out of the roll.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent experience, conducive of productivity and high achievement.

    Former Employee - Computer Technician  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Computer Technician in New York, NY

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I did a computer move and I found the tech staff to be wonderfully pleasant and comfortable to approach and work with.

    Cons

    I could not think of any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and hire me!!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Top-notch litigation work

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    Former Employee - Attorney  in  Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great experiences. There's always work available. Strong team spirit

    Cons

    Firm management a bit irregular. Draconian IT policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not reward negative personalities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate experience at Quinn Emanuel

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

    I have been working at Quinn Emanuel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Get to work on the biggest, best cases and play a part in paving the future of patents and patent cases.

    Cons

    Compared to the firm I worked at before Quinn Emanuel, Quinn Associates get fewer opportunities for client contact and for public exposure outside the firm.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great law firm with laid back atmosphere that promotes excellence in workproduct

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Quinn Emanuel as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Work atmosphere and dress are not uptight or uncomfortable. Workdays do not start too early.

    Cons

    Associates can get calls middle of the night as client needs arise (but this is not completely abnormal for attorneys)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    QE is a sweatshop

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

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work experience early on

    Cons

    Taking your first depo as a first year associate is less appealing when you find out you're doing it the morning of and you haven't slept in 3 days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You care too much about per-partner profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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