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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Reviews

Updated October 4, 2017
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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Chairman and Managing Partner Ken Doran
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45 Ratings

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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)

  • Work-life balance is always a challenge, but that's no surprise (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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".


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The Best BigLaw Firm Environment (based on my experience)"

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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

    I have been very impressed during my time here at Gibson with the overall management of the firm. The COO is wickedly smart and knows everyone in the firm and remembers their contributions. He seems to be running this business in an extremely effective way (though sometimes it does feel very lean). LOVE the people I work with at every level - very collegial environment with a ton of respect for each other. Also amazing benefits and compensation - very generous in every respect, especially if you perform well.

    Cons

    The only thing I could possibly say is that the firm needs to start recognizing that providing a little flexibility goes a long way. I still hear too many comments about how important it is to be in the office, etc. etc. While there are times that's helpful, the reality of the world today is that so much can be done remotely and we should be more open and flexible about that. Also, let's institute REAL vacations (like, it should be required that we completely UNPLUG), instead of giving people a hard time if their out of office message reads they'll be unavailable due to travel. Flexiblity and a recharge goes a long way! But - I didn't even knock down the stars for this, because I think it's pretty typical law firm mentality, and not just attributable to Gibson Dunn. Doesn't mean it shouldn't be considered though. . . .

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up - you all obviously care about the firm and want the best for all of us, so thank you!

  8. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly Qualified and the Ultimate in Professionalism

    Cons

    Lacking the milk of human kindness

    Advice to Management

    They would not listen


  9. Helpful (1)

    "former associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people, good work, you're not assigned to work for anyone

    Cons

    expected to be "on" all the time

    Advice to Management

    mentor women lawyers more


  10. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    4 weeks of vacation
    6 sick days

    Cons

    Not many holidays off.
    No work life balance.


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