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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great opportunity to gain insight into sophisticated legal work in an international law firm" (in 9 reviews)

  • "smart people, good work, you're not assigned to work for anyone" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "The only cons are those associated with all Big Law firms" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is an issue as with all law firms" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    Quality culture and interesting work.

    Cons

    Like most big law firms, the benefits (with the exception of parental leave) are poor.


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    Great, smart lawyers. interesting work

    Cons

    Same cons as most big law firms.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Highly Evolving Law Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Gibson has been, and always will be, THE top-tier law firm to work for. It's been on the forefront of many landmark decisions and has handled clients worth billions of dollars. It serves its clients above and beyond the standard. It treats its employees well on every level, even if it makes a mistake now and then.

    Cons

    One major blunder was outsourcing most of its in-house clerical support-word processing team, as the clientele and cases worked on by Gibson are some of the most important worldwide. Support staff should always be IN-HOUSE highly trained and skilled employees due to potential breaches of client security and privacy issues.

    Advice to Management

    Why hire the most brilliant and talented attorneys in the world, but not the same regarding your support staff?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of attorneys to cover"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Treated well, lots of work to keep you busy, great benefits

    Cons

    A little overworked on some days, some employees do nothing but play on line all day while others are slammed

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood - treat the hard workers a little better


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    Extremely smart senior staff that will challenge you

    Cons

    Long work hours and the loss of social life


  6. "Visiting Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Visiting Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Visiting Attorney in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Market compensation and autonomy. Love the free market rule.

    Cons

    Could pay bonuses to Visiting Attorneys like other firms in the city


  7. "Collegial Environment, Flawed Free Market System"

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    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Not a big face time firm.
    -Truly collegial colleagues.
    -Can rotate through practice groups as a junior associate.

    Cons

    The free market system is not all it’s cracked up to be. Good luck if work in your office slows down and you have to try to get noticed by partners in other offices. You will forever be a backup associate that partners call only when their local favorites are too busy.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the free market system with a work allocation system that promotes flexibility while ensuring that all associates get adequate access to assignments.

  8. "Solid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    Good work and interesting cases

    Cons

    It's hard to make partner


  9. "Legal secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment and culture

    Cons

    Bonuses and raises are fair


  10. "One of the best law firms in the world"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    I was a lawyer at Gibson for over 15 years and I greatly enjoyed it. Gibson is a pretty amazing place. You get to work with incredibly smart people on a wide variety of cutting edge legal matters. In addition, lawyers at Gibson get a remarkable amount of control over the direction of their careers.

    Cons

    Clients have very high expectations, and this means you don't have a lot of control over your hours. But this is an issue with all big law firms (not just Gibson).


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