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K&L Gates LLP Reviews

Updated March 20, 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 9 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. "Well managed, professional firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent resources available to staff

    Cons

    few opportunities for staff to socialize or advance


  2. "Not what it used to be"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with incredibly smart and talented individuals.

    Cons

    Management/advancement opportunities are limited to who you know or who likes you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't surround yourself with only "yes men." Look for long-term solutions to fix problems and not an immediate, short-term fix that does not fully address issues.


  3. "Support"

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    Current Employee - Support
    Current Employee - Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was good, people were nice.

    Cons

    You were just a number a lot of unhappy employees

    Advice to Management

    Connect more with the employees, listen to what they have to say


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  5. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time

    Pros

    Nice group of people to work with.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  6. "Great experience, environment, and people"

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    • 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Industry standard"

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    • 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Attorney"

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    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.


  9. "Former Employee"

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    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.


  10. 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


  11. "Decent"

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    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.



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