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Akin Gump Reviews

Updated November 9, 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 8 reviews)

  • "Good company with great benefits" (in 6 reviews)

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

  • "Long hours, but that is every big firm" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, teamwork, committeed to attorney development

    Cons

    Nothing significant worth noting hee


  2. "Someday"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (Less 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, as most resources are allocated to the more senior freeloading non-partners who lack any substantial book of business
    6. Failed to define clear roles, responsibilities, and expectations
    7. Obamacare offers better and less expensive health insurance
    8. Disorganized
    9. Not open to new avenues of business development
    10. Et al.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you'll figure it out someday.

  3. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Generous bonuses and annual pay raises. Friendly staff. I was also fortunate to work with a decent group of attorneys.

    Cons

    Very few opportunities for advancement. Work can be redundant.


  4. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Payroll Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (Less 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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Mistake working here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  7. "Great place to work! I was happy to be there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nada here because of all the perks

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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!


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