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K&L Gates LLP Reviews

Updated October 2, 2018
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  • "Zero work life balance if you are on call" (in 7 reviews)

  • "K&L used to be a quintessential "quality of life" law firm with a better quality of life in exchange for a lower salary" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, hardworking people, beautiful location/building, reasonable face-time policy, easy to commute to

    Cons

    the air conditioning makes the building slightly too cold


  2. "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and colleagues.

    Good compensation.

    Cons

    Unreasonable pressure to bring in business

  3. "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Attorney in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very well managed law firm, with positive working environment.

    Cons

    Tightening budgets on benefits and firm resources


  4. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time

    Pros

    Many of the attorneys and staff at K&L Gates are intelligent and willing to mentor younger associates. Benefits were decent, given the lower billable threshold than some competitors.

    Cons

    The firm is not friendly to married women with children.


  5. "File Clerk and Summer Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some of the people were very friendly, and the hours weren't bad

    Cons

    Some days were exceedingly slow


  6. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The co-workers are great and so are the individuals in the office.

    Cons

    There are a few flaws but overall a great company.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Credit Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time

    Pros

    Caring and Friendly Staff. Good pay and flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Benefits were getting worsted year over year

    Advice to Management

    Invest a little more in Employees, return to how the office was prior to the influence of Pittsburg office.

  8. "The Widget Factory Of Law Firms"

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    Former Employee - Partner
    Former Employee - Partner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people (for the most part), market pay, hours are not too crazy.

    Cons

    All legal services delivery feels "standardized." Work gets hoarded. People with an inside track to new work will frequently undertake things they have no experience doing just so they don't have to share hours or credit with people who do have experience.


  9. "It Depends"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people who are down to earth

    Cons

    People of authority are up in the clouds

    Advice to Management

    Keep the ship afloat


  10. "Good for entry-level experience, but that's about it"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn by doing, for the most part. Lots of chances to move within teams if you're not a complete idiot and work hard.

    Cons

    Lifers seem to slide by with zero effort. The benefits are an expensive joke. Culture is non-existent. Frankly, the most idiotic and unprofessional personalities I've ever dealt with. The norm is to treat your subordinates like children, even though for the most part they're the most competent people on staff.

    Advice to Management

    Look into a benefits provider that is actually affordable. Non-legal staff don't care that the firm "doesn't carry bank debt" because they'd prefer office co-pays of less than $50.

    Set actual performance targets for your managers, and fire the ones that don't meet them.

    Outsource your helpdesk. Seriously. I've never seen a less professional group of people who have had their responsibilities whittled away over the last 10 years. You're paying way too much money for people who barely have entry-level experience, and your lifers somehow believe they're invincible.

    Maybe figure out a compensation/review schedule that makes sense, and then settle on it for a few years. It's changed constantly, and seemingly without reason.

    Ignore some of the tantrums in the playpen. Stand up to lawyers who have completely unrealistic expectations of IT services. Yes, they pay the bills, but not everything a particular lawyer wants should warrant the entire IT management structure dropping everything and throwing resources at it. Having the printer replacement project come to a grinding halt because one lawyer insists on having his secretary print out every single email he receives is asinine.

    Develop some culture. Office functions are a joke. There's a reason that people don't want to attend them, and maybe don't laugh when people are only interested in coming to town hall meetings to hear if they're getting raises.

    Think about your audience the next time you're trumpeting that you gave CMU a $1M grant. Maybe don't do it the same week that the town hall meeting is used to announce that it's "been a rough year" and maybe there won't be bonuses.


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