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"Getting better"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Practice Assistant in New York, NY
Current Employee - Practice Assistant in New York, NY
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Reviewed raise and bonus for 2012 (nothing in 2011). Free breakfast (fruits, bagel, cereal), tea and coffee. Free car service and food when working overtime.

Starts with 15 days vacation. Early closing (2 hours) before holidays.

Cons

Company advertised position for one amount but cut the amount down 7k when the job offer was made. Their reasoning was I was making a much lower salary (I was laid off and had to take a job which was 25% less to pay the bills) and therefore they cannot offer me a big salary jump (even though I qualify for the job and deserves the full compensation.

No room for growth.

It's who you know and not what you know that matters.

Lawyers can be impersonal and cheap (one person I am working for did not give me anything for the holidays in the past 2 years).

Other Employee Reviews for Kirkland & Ellis

  1. Helpful (9)

    "Hey, it's BigLaw"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are decent if your reviews are good and you do well on the annual skills assessment.

    Cons

    It can be stressful, and secretaries are not afforded much in the way of respect or consideration. There is very little opportunity to advance to another position unless you are personal friends with the right people. There appears to be no correlation between intelligence, skills and experience and who gets the promotion. It boils down to whose butt you kiss and how well you do it. Other firms may operate this way as well, but because Kirkland chooses to call itself a meritocracy, it is particularly galling that cronyism rules the day.

    Advice to Management

    You try to hire the best attorneys available, why not try to hire or advance the best administrators possible? Friends giving jobs to friends makes your staff ineffective.


  2. "Great place to start career if considering a future as an attorney"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant I in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant I in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work, great benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement without pursuing a law degree.

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