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K&L Gates LLP Reviews

Updated February 3, 2017
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Peter J. Kalis
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Pros
  • Great working environment, great people to work with, team effort in word place, great work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Many more genuinely good people than you find at most firms (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • I enjoyed working at K&L Gates and would recommend it to anyone looking for a big-firm experience (in 10 reviews)

  • No work-life balance; excellent work seems to go unrewarded; raises are minimal (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience, environment, and people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Steward in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Data Steward in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at K&L Gates LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with, vacation time, and management.

    Cons

    The health insurance could be better


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at K&L Gates LLP (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The base pay is near the top of the market.

    Cons

    The hiring has become stagnant and there is a significant development and retention problem.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of potential--all squandered in short-sighted mismanagement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of potential due to size and global reach

    Cons

    Poor training, out-dated processes and technology--which all ends in short-sighted management and regular layoffs to avoid paying yearly bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond short-sighted immediate profits and invest in your people, culture, and infrastructure


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  5. "Industry standard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stafford, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stafford, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at K&L Gates LLP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Close to shopping and good restaurants; 7.5 hour work day; five weeks paid time off; free, decently equipped on-site gym; all the water and coffee you care to drink.

    Cons

    Aetna health insurance; computer training could be better; in close proximity to White House so traffic can get snarled around the building.

    Advice to Management

    Would love to see bonuses and raises given more regularly even if they are small. Create a program that would enable staff members to move into lateral positions within the firm or promote from within. Institutional knowledge and experience beats fresh faces every time.


  6. "Former Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, kind, and helpful staff

    Cons

    Low Pay. Attorneys can be condescending and difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff better.


  7. "Decent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time

    Pros

    Turnover for staff was minimal. People tended to stay.

    Cons

    Pay was on the lower end of market rate and raises were few and far between.


  8. "Very happy to go to work every day"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at K&L Gates LLP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location, interesting and varied work, good benefits, competitive salary, potential for upward mobility for those interested and qualified, casual Fridays, monthly social parties, flex time, OT acceptable when necessary but not required, staff are team players, firm culture is not stuffy

    Cons

    No holiday bonuses, typical office politics, management tends to display favoritism at times, there can be a lack of communication


  9. "Challenging in a Not So Great Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    K&L Gates has some really great people there who what to make things better.

    Cons

    The senior management team is a disaster. In spite of them spending money like drunken sailors personally, they do whatever necessary to make PPP, even if it is questionable and doesn't drop much to the bottom line. Professional development is nonexistent and career growth can only be accomplished by going to another firm. They think they are cutting edge but are probably 10 years behind in technology and in human resources practices.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in the people who make the firm a success. Truly care or at least act like you care about your biggest asset, the people.


  10. "Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney, International Trade and Antitrust
    Former Employee - Attorney, International Trade and Antitrust
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    friendly work environment, comprehensive training

    Cons

    there is no cons in my view


  11. "Director of Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Employees are treated with respect. Great work environment.

    Cons

    The firm retains the talents. It is hard to have an open position.



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