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Akin Gump Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is possible if you work hard (in 6 reviews)

  • Great work environment and people that work hard and play hard (in 7 reviews)

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

  • People are stressed, they tend to mistreat each other and the work-life balance is terrible (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, only a few issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Funds Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Funds Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, positive environment, not the "fratty" top law firm compared to other law firms in the same field. The management is great. Work-life balance is possible if you work hard.

    Cons

    Some of the support staff is too relaxed for a professional environment, some additional "benefits" such as better happy hours or increased benefits would make this firm a better contender against other large firms that keep their employees happy by distracting them.

    Advice to Management

    More events for attorneys and staff to connect, office morale is often pretty low and some event would be great for everybody. Costs have been kept to a minimum for years, but to be competitive with other, more lavish law firms, Akin needs to adjust.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Clerical in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Clerical in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, good work/life balance

    Cons

    A bit below market on most staff pay; OK raises/bonuses each year

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the new COO!


  3. "Records"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomball, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomball, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and free work environment without being micromanaged. Great benefits and pay. Coworkers are always professional.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement. A great place if you are content, but don't look for a promotion any time soon.


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  5. "Very isolating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, benefits, nice staff. Helpful IT Dept. I can't think of anymore pros.

    Cons

    Lack of dialogue between staff and attorneys. Paralegals are not utilized properly at the skill level that matches their experience.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Elisabeth Cappuyns as being over the paralegals. She doesn't appreciate the skill levels of paralegals and she is a bully.


  6. "Very good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    In an inherently competitive career path, the company culture still managed to foster cooperation and a collegiality that helped deliver the best service to our clients possible. While the hours were long, the compensation recognized that and the people who often required long hours understood what they were doing and for the most part shared the reason behind the importance of work, so as staff we did not feel like we were wasting our time.

    Cons

    From the support staff vantage point, we felt like we were making contributions that were larger than our compensation.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Legal secretary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work modern technology and continual training and development of staff. My skill set was highly developed as a result of working here. Management supported me in any addional things I wanted to lake on and allowed me to do things outside of the title of legal secretary.

    Cons

    Secretaries are expected to work six on one on with attorneys there are no floaters to cover while you're out. Sedretaries are expected to use the buddy system which can be challenging over long periods such as vacation days or holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Consider putting floater secretaries back into the workforce. This would allow for better work product and less stress on the secretarial staff.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Decent First Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is very large so you will never have a lack of physical resources or supplies. DC office is in a great location (Dupont). Good benefits.

    Cons

    Marketing team had VERY high turnover. In the 1.5 years I was there at least 15 people left (but 15 people were not hired). Because of multiple offices you end up working heavily with people in different time zones. Not a lot of face time as my supervisor was in the Los Angeles office. Leadership is in their own bubble and you rarely, if ever, see them.


  9. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akin Gump (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional environment and good management with great opportunities

    Cons

    I have not really noted cons right now.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Market salary.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional team culture.

    Advice to Management

    No real mentoring program in place. Management is defensive to constructive criticism, so it stays stagnant.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Long term disappointment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable firm, traditional values & advanced technology

    Cons

    Penalized for having personal commitments outside of the office, such as family.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to value long-term, hard-working employees v. "bargain-basement" new hire salaries.


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