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Akin Gump Reviews

Updated November 30, 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)

  • Long hours and frequent weekend work (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience and a great resume builder.

    Cons

    People are not always nice, and the salary for staff is much lower than other major Law Firms.


  2. "Lousy management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Conflicts Attorney Washington in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Conflicts Attorney Washington in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, nice office

    Cons

    No support from GC management

    Advice to Management

    Support your team

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IT"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Akin Gump provides a collegial place to work. There is good work/life balance. Management is very amenable when there are things outside of work.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is limited. They did not offer a transportation benefit that would have been nice considering the commute of most employees.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to build/include mentoring for the staff side of the firm.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Think before you leap."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    International firm with competitive salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    In the office where I worked, it was a harsh environment. They eat their own. To survive you must align yourself with the "right people" but loyalty (from the "right people") is only temporary. Attorneys and staff should do their homework before deciding to join because it's a really tough place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Try being more transparent and above board. The Firm's Value and Culture Statement shouldn't be the only place an employee finds "integrity."


  5. "Great People, Limited Mobility"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and people that work hard and play hard. Lots of great mentors and people that will put in the time to help you.

    Cons

    Some long hours, but that's expected. Also, a very rigid hierarchy that makes moving up difficult. Additionally, even if you are in a department where a law degree is not necessarily required, you will be passed over and paid less in favor of those that have one.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Needs New Management Firmwide"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Akin Gump (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you were loyal to your immediate supervisors/partners in your section whom you support and did your job well for them, they treated you with the same respect always in return.

    Cons

    Akin Gump's raises and bonuses did not compensate per individual in accordance to each individual's own merit. Each office is given an amount to be divided among you and your co-workers on your same level. If you go above and beyond performing your job tirelessly and work 60hrs a week (when you are only required to work 37.5hrs a week) and your co-worker sitting next to you only works their core hours 37.5 a week, management gives you both the exact same amount which is unfair, unprofessional, and does not give the "above and beyond" employee incentive to want to strive to always improve their skills to be more efficient for their team (which, in turn, promotes profits and efficiency for the firm as a whole), or be on-call for their team whenever needed outside of their core working hours which is sometimes necessary depending on the partners you support. The "above and beyond" employees need to be compensated more than the "regular" employee solely for their own employee performance and merit, not looped in as a whole "blanket raise or bonus" along with their other colleagues on their same level.

    Management (Human Resources) has favorites. If you cross their favorites, you will be on their "blackball" list. If you and another employee get reprimanded for doing the exact same thing, and you are one of management's "favorites" they turn the other cheek or may receive a warning (slap on the wrist) and not do anything to that employee, but if you are the employee that is not one of their "favorites" then you will be reprimanded, not given a warning (when their "favorites" do) and will be terminated on the spot, without questioning you about your actions, or allowing you to defend yourself when the allegations are unwarranted and false. You would have to retain an attorney after the fact to fight congress "Human Resources" on your behalf. You have to always walk on eggshells with management and be under their radar even when you aren't doing anything wrong, you are under constant micromanagement (microscope). Not a pleasant work environment and sometimes a hostile work environment.

    I would never work for this company again and would advise no one else to either.

    Advice to Management

    Need to employ all new management for the firm entirely, who will remain neutral, treat all employees equally, and have the education and experience needed in their management roll. Treat employees with respect as they are your most valuable asset. Do not micromanage seasoned senior-executive level employees supporting executive managing partners as they are professionals and do not need micromanaging, let them do their job. That's why you hired them. They didn't get to that executive level in their career by not doing their jobs correctly or not following procedures.


  7. "Paralegal"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    I had the pleasure of working in two practice areas at Akin. Very much a team atmosphere - everyone is working toward a common goal. Wonderful working environment.

    Cons

    The hours can be absolutely brutal, but this is law firm life. This is not a family friendly job.

  8. "Great"

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, commitment to pro bono and public interest causes, competitive compensation, great people.

    Cons

    Long hours on nights and weekends.


  9. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time

    Pros

    People, location, experience, and name recognition

    Cons

    Not a ton of support for paralegals


  10. "Legal Secretary"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Young and energetic staff.

    Cons

    Firm is going through some changes but is still a comfortable environment.

    Advice to Management

    When implementing changes please keep in mind the culture of the firm.


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