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Updated April 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Attorney"

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

    I worked at Andrews Kurth full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compared to most other big law firms, you will work with positive, friendly, and supportive people. The litigation section is not as much of a sweat shop atmosphere as most of the firms of my peers.

    Cons

    You still have the typical pressure of a large law firm to bill a ton of hours and be perfect in your work.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of young attorneys these days that need a big firm salary to pay their loans, but who have no desire to make partner. Have a non-partner track attorney position with less billable hour requirements and a reasonable lower salary.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary/Document Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary/Document Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary/Document Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Andrews Kurth (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and family-type atmosphere.

    Cons

    None, I enjoyed my job, the staff and management.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Legal Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - ADMINISTRATIVE/LEGAL ASSISTANT - AUGUST in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - ADMINISTRATIVE/LEGAL ASSISTANT - AUGUST in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Andrews Kurth (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Andrews Kurth offers competitive salary, decent benefits, and is an old, well established firm. There is a lot of history attached to the firm. They are large and, at this point, multi national.

    Cons

    An excellent place for attorneys. Not a great place for staff. Little to no appreciation for contribution of staff to the performance of the firm. No chance for advancement and raises are small or non-existent. Resources of the firm are totally directed toward attorney hiring and retention. Staff is reminded often they are expendable.

    Advice to Management

    The human resources function should be outsourced and brought up to current industry standards. More resources should be dedicated to retaining and appreciating staff contributions and enforcement of firm policies.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous Washington, DC"

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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

    Pros

    Salary, commute, convenience to most things, near public transportation, and the bonuses were great. Not many pros to speak on .

    Cons

    Negative work environment, no work life balance some employees work 7 days week. Very clickish staff and if you are not a member of the click you will not last there long. Backstabbing, bullying and sabotaging goes on alot here.

    Advice to Management

    All management staff needs on going training, because they treat some employees with preferential treatment.


  5. "Great Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Andrews Kurth (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, very much a family feel. Most partners prefer the use of their first name, instead of Mr. or Mrs. Do your job and be good at it, and you will do just fine here. Try to cut corners, or slack off, and you won't last long at all

    Cons

    It's a law firm, stress is part of the job


  6. "staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Andrews Kurth (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, almost like a family.

    Cons

    Commute is tough to downtown.


  7. "Real people, fair expectations, solid work"

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

    I worked at Andrews Kurth full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly office. Little flair or corporate gloss. Substantive assignments from start. High-level clients. Partners really care about progress, mentorship. Truly feels like a destination firm. Impressive attorneys that are grounded.

    Cons

    Conservative. Offices feel insular. Unclear on firm ambitions--growing international presence, yet not many chances to interface when I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize sophistication of clients, deals, international reach. "Straight talk" is good mantra, but maybe hokey line. Update online presence.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Legal Staff"

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

    I worked at Andrews Kurth full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only pros I can think of was the fruit, microwave oven, leftover food from meetings, location and the group in office services.

    Cons

    Bullying, back stabbing, harassment and no consistency/structure in Biotechnology/Medical Device practices. Software very antiquated. Too much manual practices, which wastes time.

    Advice to Management

    Need to review DC intellectual property practices re: Biotechnology/Medical Device with regard to harassment and/or screaming at staff in front of all staff by patent agent and partner on numerous occasions. HR in DC no help whatsoever.


  9. "Great People, Great Work"

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

    I worked at Andrews Kurth full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    First rate clients, platform for an exceptional learning experience, very friendly partners who are concerned about training and mentoring associates, terrific staff. Firm is fiscally conservative and is able to weather the storm through financial downturns. Bob Jewell, firm managing partner, is a prince of a man and a true leader. Mr. Jewell sets the perfect tone from the top down. Firm leadership does a good job. Overall, a collegial place to work.

    Cons

    Not a New York firm (most view this as a pro) so not at the tip top of the bonus scale. Firm pays attention to the associate salary/bonus market and endeavors to remain "in the ballpark." Even if it means they have to pay a supplemental bonus, they usually find their way into the ballpark.


  10. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in Galveston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in Galveston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Andrews Kurth (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great firm with outstanding clients

    Cons

    No cons to report from me

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work and values which exceed most large firms


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