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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Reviews

Updated February 9, 2018
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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Chairman and Managing Partner Ken Doran
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Pros
  • Great opportunity to gain insight into sophisticated legal work in an international law firm (in 8 reviews)

  • Opportunities to work with some of the best in their fields (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No place is perfect and work is work, but I can't think of a law firm in the country where I'd rather be working (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours, however, to be the best sacrifices have to be made (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Place"

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    Current Employee - Partner
    Current Employee - Partner
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people, challenging work, interesting clients

    Cons

    Long hours, unexpected deadlines, highest expectations

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "It's ok."

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people. Some of the work can be very interesting.

    Cons

    Difficult people who expect you to cater to their peculiarities, lots of boring work. Highly political. Promotion system suffers from too much bias.

    Advice to Management

    Reform the path to partnership and take the bias problems more seriously.

  3. "Big law firm"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Matters were always ripped from the front page.

    Cons

    Hours, hours, hours. Same issue as in all of big law.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Destroy Lives"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No pros. They create dangerous work condition. And when I got hurt on their job. I was fired, denied benefits and they did everything possible to destroy my health, life, credit. They of course know how tp play and manipulate the system twards that end.

    Cons

    In the end. After destroying my health with denials (which started as acute and recoverable) and hired outside admin to hire other WC firm literally did fraud to cancel benefits previously awarded. In the end SSA will pay their bills. And your tax money my medical bills.

    Advice to Management

    What do you think you should do? Maybe not abuse people or not take an injured single parent and destroy her life and by ext. her childrens lives? Be ethical? Pay your bills.


  5. "Nice people, solid work, introverted community"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    Genuinely good people
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Poor mentorship
    Poor communication
    Not enough humility

    Advice to Management

    Continue with high expectations, but take a great interest in mentoring young attorneys.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Support Center Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time

    Pros

    There was opportunity for overtime if you wanted it.

    Cons

    The staffing was nearly always short or several people were out on medical leave, generally from the stress of beign under-staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors and lower management could use training courses.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Quantity Over Quality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free soda in addition to the extra generous benefits, nice.

    Cons

    Outsourced to India after all these years of dedicated service, not nice.

  8. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best litigation firm in the country.

    Cons

    Tough partnership prospects. Need more transparency.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency regarding partnership.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good People"

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People by far are the greatest and make the hard job worth while and great benefits packages.

    Cons

    The firm will work you till you can't work any more, they don't care about individuals and forgot that life exists outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Work on work/life balance


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Fish Rots From the Head Down"

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    Former Employee - Information Processing Operator in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Information Processing Operator in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits - medical, dental, vision, parking

    Cons

    systemic racism, denial of systemic racism, those in leadership perpetuate systemic racism

    Advice to Management

    Hands-down inarguably the utmost racist, unprofessional, grade school, backbiting, hate-infested, dysfunctional workplace environment I have ever been subjected to in my entire 30-year legal career. From the "In-Denial, Easily Manipulated and Clueless" Manager to the "Amateur Night at Apollo” Assistant Manager down to their "Deceptive, Doubleminded and Inept" Supervisor and Coordinators all of whom for which the truth is the farthest thing from their lips. In a five-year period GDCIP has gone through three different managers and any person of color who was in authority was inevitably ran away by those who are not of color, not in authority but have been there for 25 years or more. This is not to say that all people of color are treated this way - in fact, as long as a person of color refrains from violating the unspoken code of "STAY IN YOUR PLACE-ISM", that person of color is safe. But whoa to that person of color who stands straight, walks tall, is confident, intelligent, articulate, college-educated, and fair-minded – because those who are not of color will continuously run to upper management spewing falsehoods and alternative facts about that person of color until he or she is ultimately forced to leave voluntarily or involuntarily. THE DOUBLE STANDARD IS UNDENIABLE- when those who are not of color are caught doing the same, similar or worse, “THE COVER-UP BEGINS” and nobody reports anything to anyone “MUMS THE WORD”- it is only an issue when done by a person of color. In fact, if you are a person who is NOT of color and have bullied and referred to your coworkers on multiple occasions using gay and racial slurs not only are you NOT reprimanded but you actually get promoted to GDCIP Trainer aka "1st Place Winner of the 'Ted Cassidy' Lookalike Contest". I guess that's why the brilliant and cunning CFO is finally outsourcing that snake pit of a department, because GDCIP is nothing but "LITIGATION WAITING TO HAPPEN".


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