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3.6
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Akin Gump CEO Kim Koopersmith
Kim Koopersmith
46 Ratings
Pros
  • "benefits and pay the work life balance is really nice and easy(in 7 reviews)

  • "good benefits, nice people in general, ambitious and smart(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "People are stressed, they tend to mistreat each other and the work-life balance is terrible(in 6 reviews)

  • "Some difficult characters, unexpected long hours(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Working your butt off - and I am not even a lawyer!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Fast pace, lots of hours (if you make OT), great location, great environment

    Cons

    Poor work life balance

  2. Experience Highly Dependent on Practice Group

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    There is a great culture of associates, counsel, and younger partners (as well as some more senior partners). Work is hard, but interesting, and very few colleagues at the associate level that are people you want to avoid.

    Cons

    Experiences are highly dependent on practice group and partners that you work with. Some are collaborative; some ascribe to an old model of earning your way there by unreasonable work demands - almost a "we were hazed, so you will be too" mentality. Some have left the firm, but others remain.

  3. Great place

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    benefits and pay the work life balance is really nice and easy

    Cons

    nothing that i can think of at the moment

  4. Someday

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Friendly coworkers 2. Pay is good, but overall compensation is okay.

    Cons

    1. Poor management that fails to effectively communicate with more than one side 2. More concerned with letting law school alumni associates fail at assignments rather than getting a quality work product from experienced staff 3. No opportunity to win or learn to bring in your own business 4. Poor human resource management that fails to accurately hire based upon needs 5. No real investment in experienced staff,...

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    Advice to Management

    Maybe you'll figure it out someday.

  5. Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    Culture, teamwork, committeed to attorney development

    Cons

    Nothing significant worth noting hee

  6. Paralegal

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent and people are friendly.

    Cons

    I cant think of any

  7. Helpful (3)

    Payroll Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks and amenities. Great pay and benefits. Nice building near Dupont Circle.

    Cons

    Parking garage under the building is crazy expensive. My immediate manager needs some leadership skills. She is unreasonable and short-tempered. Didn't want to train new employees.

    Advice to Management

    Work on giving all your employees a work-life balance not just Managers. Incorporate fun out of the office team building activities.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Mistake working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, free stuff, location, pays for course books

    Cons

    Upper management communication, inflexibility, don't care about their staff, "fake" atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Investment more into your employees.

  9. Great place to work! I was happy to be there

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Akin Gump

      Pros

      Everything is a pro! I am not ungrateful in the slightest

      Cons

      Nada here because of all the perks

      Advice to Management

      Nothing

    • Associate Attorney

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Akin Gump full-time

      Pros

      Akin Gump has world class clients and there is the ability to work on cutting edge legal issues. The partners also go out of their way to respect associate's non-work time to the extent possible.

      Cons

      There is only so much interesting work to go around.

      Advice to Management

      Hiring more staff would be a good idea. Sometimes the paralegals would get slammed.

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