Akin Gump Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 2020

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3.4
72%
Recommend to a Friend
94%
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Akin Gump Managing Partner Kim Koopersmith
Kim Koopersmith
51 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, positive environment, not the "fratty" top law firm compared to other law firms in the same field(in 7 reviews)

  • "benefits and pay the work life balance is really nice and easy(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours, an ugly office space and the office is too big for there to be a real culture(in 13 reviews)

  • "Benefits are not comparable to other law firms in the area(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Helper"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Helper 

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    fun sometimes but its a good place

    Cons

    not none really. a good place

  2. "Good training but tough hours."

    3.0
    Former Employee - Conflicts Analyst Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Solid reputational and financial due diligence training

    Cons

    Long hours on rotating weekend schedule

  3. "Law Firm"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    Money is a great thing.

    Cons

    Law firms are terrible places

  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great conflicts team and nice perks

    Cons

    Commute; long hours; some attorneys were difficult

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  5. "T O X I C Environment/DOES NOT Abide Company Core Values"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Former Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Free coffee/bagels, holidays events, salary

    Cons

    This company should take their core values and burn them. No one ESPECIALLY HR management does not abide by their own core values. E X T R E M E poor management in HR and IT department, blatant racism and favoritism. HR and IT are extremely unorganized. HR management will lie to you in your face, just to get you out of their face. Most of HR and IT management are extremely immature, bully’s and gossips about staff members. They hire and promote inexperienced people and places them into managerial positions that they do not even qualify for. EXTREMELY toxic environment(I cannot emphasizes this enough)! Do not be fooled by the fake smiles; with time their you will see. Be for warned! HR and IT management gossips about EVERYONE and lacks the experience to properly uphold their own positions. Specific HR employees are VERY CLIQUISH(you will visible see this), will try bait you in just to get your business and will gossip about it with their friends there. I’ve witnessed the most toxic and unprofessional behaviors from upper management it’s was disgusting. Staff is unappreciated and shunned upon. HR is NOT in support of you as an employment nor your rights as an employee/individual. *All of the staff members are afraid to speak up in regards to their negative experiences and mistreatments within the firm; out of fear of losing their jobs. Which contributes to the gossip as well.*

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  6. "Discouraging place to work!!!"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you need improvement there is training available.

    Cons

    The better employee, the more work and responsibilities you're assigned. Competence is a curse.

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  7. "Not good if you are not a lawyer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    Location is good in DC which is near metro. Chance to work with lawyers

    Cons

    No place for advancement if you are not a lawyer Not a friendly environment. Tricky, be ware! Fake relationships!

  8. "Great Place!"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    it is a Great place to work.

    Cons

    I can't think of any!

  9. "Great work place"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney 

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    Great resources and hr management

    Cons

    Not enough team building and guidance

  10. "senior litigation paralegal"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Senior Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The litigation attorneys I worked with

    Cons

    The poor management style or lack thereof in the paralegal department

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