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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Reviews

Updated June 8, 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)

  • "smart people, good work, you're not assigned to work for anyone" (in 5 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 17 reviews)

  • "Long hours, unexpected deadlines, highest expectations" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "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).


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.


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