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Akin Gump Washington DC Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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Akin Gump Managing Partner Kim Koopersmith
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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. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Childcare Provider in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Childcare Provider in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved working here, great management

    Cons

    Working in DC. Stressful driving to work everyday


  2. "Counsel"

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

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

    Pros

    Talented and motivated professionals with strong commitment to client service.

    Cons

    Opaque management structure; uneven prospects for career advancement even for the most talented attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    360 evaluations would enable firm management to better spot partners, associates and counsel best able to develop new clients and manage client work. Advancement for associates and counsel should not depend exclusively on practice leadership. Lack of system for recognizing non-partner origination acts as disincentive to many.


  3. "Lousy management"

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    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


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  5. "IT"

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    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.


  6. "Great"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits are Great! No work life balance."

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Awesome environment to work in if you're a law student or fresh out of law school.

    Cons

    Staff employees are not treated equally. Management in the HR and IT department could be a lot more knowledgeable and professional.

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR and IT's management and the firm will thrive much better than it has been.


  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    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!


  9. "Very good place to work"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Decent First Job"

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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 (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.


  11. "Great place to work"

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    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.


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