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Akin Gump Reviews

Updated April 16, 2018
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Akin Gump Managing Partner Kim Koopersmith
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Pros
  • good benefits, nice people in general, ambitious and smart (in 7 reviews)

  • Good company with great benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Benefits are not comparable to other law firms in the area (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. "Associate Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. "One year"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love working at Akin Gump! Very Strong Leadership, and extremely friendly staff / attys

    Cons

    I do not have any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  3. "Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate Lawyer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Lawyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not chasing the billable hours
    The firm has a strong pro Bono requirement
    The pay is extremely competitive
    The best colleagues in the city I worked with and without question operates in the highest ethical standards and practice

    Cons

    Lots of work, management of the day to day operations can at a times be extremely tedious. Traveling often is also a routine part of the practice


  4. "Part-time Position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Akin Gump part-time

    Pros

    Very good camaraderie and co-workers. Good company with great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay could be a little better


  5. "Partner"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great firm, excellent pay, terrific culture

    Cons

    Must be a self-starter; big firm environment can be challenging


  6. "nice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akin Gump part-time

    Pros

    good benefits, nice people in general, ambitious and smart

    Cons

    long hours, an ugly office space and the office is too big for there to be a real culture


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good for your career, bad for your health"

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    Former Employee - New Business Intake Analyst
    Former Employee - New Business Intake Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -- Good name recognition
    -- Good health benefits and perks
    -- Good entry level introduction to a compliance career. My recommendation is to stay for 2 years at the maximum and go to law school or find a much better job that actually pays well.

    Cons

    -- Very low wages, significantly lower than industry standard.
    -- Less than 3% annual raises. Subpar bonuses often under $1000.
    -- High turnover at all levels including management
    -- High stress, analysts are responsible for very high level/highly sensitive and analytical work but the work is also extremely tedious and rote.
    -- No training structure, sink or swim mentality
    -- Long, unpredictable hours as a result of rigid coverage hours. A partner could send in a preliminary conflicts check or sanctions screening request 5 minutes before your coverage period ends and you will need to complete the work even if it will take you 7 hours and it's already the end of the day. 70-80 hour work weeks.
    -- Weekend coverage requires you to work from home Sunday mornings on top of your typical M-F work week.

    Advice to Management

    The current director is nepotistic, unprofessional, and inexperienced. Hire someone that actually has experience as a director, not one you hired at entry level and promoted to director after 6 years because you couldn't get anyone else to stay. Allocate more resources to the Risk Management and New Business Intake Department. Hire more compliance professionals globally to reduce the workload of having coverage periods that don't reflect normal working hours. Pay a living wage.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Technology Assistant"

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

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable, decent pay, good structure

    Cons

    Not great culture, lame atmosphere


  9. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on large, nuanced cases

    Lawyers willing to discuss particulars of specific cases if approached with reasonable questions

    Helpful co-workers willing to help onboard new paralegals

    Cons

    Corporate culture somewhat lacking at the paralegal, non-attorney level

    Lawyers feel very divided from para's unless very busy working together on a case

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the work assignment process so employees at all levels know their responsibilities clearly


  10. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    Good experience as an entry level paralegal

    Cons

    Some difficult characters, unexpected long hours


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