Quinn Emanuel Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Legal Secretary

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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

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

    Pros

    Hours, laid back office culture, BC attire

    Cons

    Salary, Some of the partners are demanding

    Advice to Management

    Higher wages


  2. Great place to work if you dont have to worry about money

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secretary
    Current Employee - Secretary

    I have been working at Quinn Emanuel

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The attorneys are wonderful. The staff are supportive and helpful. The atmosphere is casual.

    Cons

    The pay. The lack of formal training.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better training and more frequently. Treat all staff equally. Pay your employees more.


  3. Used To Be A Great Place To Work

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

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Casual dress, great attorneys, and great culture. The partners and associates are all chill people, and make Quinn a fun place to work.

    Cons

    New management is slowly sucking the life out of staff, too many new policies that make no sense like how to wear headphones or how long you can be away from your desk, overtime has been cut almost completely and it's difficult to acrue time off.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees with actual living wages and respect - people want to stay but no one can afford it. Foster career growth and development.

    Staff managers, stop playing favorites and stop enacting new policies that demoralize staff. And don't make comments about how casually people are dressed when your pants are at your ankles and you're wearing chains and a Yankees hat.


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  5. very hard workers, little hierarchy, interesting work, flip-flops and death-march hikes

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quinn Emanuel full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    great litigators; pretty informal and flexible as far as big law firms go; people are generally nice and interesting for lawyers

    Cons

    training is somewhat hit or miss; lateral integration can be poor; little encouragement of pro bono or community work; sometimes disorganized


  6. Its Okay...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Majority of partners, associates, and general staff are friendly, easy-going, and nice. Very rare for a law firm.
    Down to earth culture.
    Casual and informal dress.
    You can take on more responsibility/work if you want to. Just ask around, form relationships...
    Provide overtime

    Cons

    Lots of down time (but you can take on more work if you want to.)
    Some secretaries are always busy and some are always bored.
    Base salary is lower than city average.

    Advice to Management

    They should provide secretaries and paralegals with general training sessions.


  7. Interesting work but poorly managed projects.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work covering mortgage related issues.

    Cons

    Poor management of projects by senior leadership.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A great place for first timers though money is not the best.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quinn Emanuel full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The environment is great. Most of the attorneys are young and are easy to work with. People are friendly and helpful as well. If you are a person who has minimal legal experience you, as a foot in the legal door, this is a great place to learn.
    There are a great deal of fun activities the firm provides for attorneys as well as staff which is a great way to get to know others who you may not see on a daily basis.
    Time off: there usually is not a problem getting time off.

    Cons

    Pay is not at the market rate.
    Unfortunately, some older employees have greatly defined the word "lazy." There is not a fair split of work amongst staff but then again this does reflect on who you are and if you want to learn and succeed.
    At times there seems to be favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your hard working crew before they leave.


  9. 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 (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Top of the line litigation firm

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quinn Emanuel full-time

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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