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K&L Gates LLP Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  • I enjoyed working at K&L Gates and would recommend it to anyone looking for a big-firm experience (in 10 reviews)

  • Lots of overtime and less work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time

    Pros

    Working with fellow employees was great

    Cons

    Lack of Communication from management


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance (for big law)

    Cons

    management not as transparent as they could be

  3. "Senior Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Senior Litigation Paralegal
    Current Employee - Senior Litigation Paralegal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great hours and work environment; salary is competitive; low billable requirements; steady workflow

    Cons

    Horrible bonus structure (if any at all) and salary increases. Health insurance is expensive and not that great.

    Advice to Management

    For paralegals who qualify, more robust annual bonuses and salary increases would further incentivise quality work.


  4. "I'm a lifer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I've been with the firm for more than 20 years and really enjoy the people and the culture within the Seattle office.

    Cons

    Being part of big-law can be cumbersome

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your staff


  5. "Practice Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Careful hiring, high quality attorneys and staff, interesting work with lots of responsibility and opportunity for growth, attorneys and local management value staff

    Cons

    The usual downsides to working in downtown Seattle


  6. "Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Records Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Records Clerk in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great management, easy programs to use, benefits, environment

    Cons

    limited opportunities for growth, no raises

    Advice to Management

    it would be nice for staff to get more appreciation other than staff appreciation week


  7. "Director of Administration"

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    Former Employee - Director of Administration in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Director of Administration in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for upward advancement. International connections. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Corporate mentality
    Challenging growing pains
    Recent change in leadership

    Advice to Management

    Stay closely connected to the Corporate executives.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Practice Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The professional staff is outstanding and great to work with.

    Cons

    There is an abuse problem at the Seattle office. The lawyers seem to consider it sport to bully, verbally and emotionally abuse women and in general treat people very poorly including poor communication and/or professional conduct. There is a constant complaint of inadequate training and people have left because of that fact.

    Advice to Management

    The administrative managers need to step up and support the professional staff instead of playing both sides of the fence in order to save face. You are losing good people and it shows in the continued down swing of the firm. Sadly, you are nothing compared to the original vision by Bill Gates Sr.


  9. "BigLaw usual perks but also usual politics"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Business Development Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, nice office space, learning opportunities, nice tech for staff to use, global day of service, social activities encouraged

    Cons

    Much change right now, political, gossipy, the technology for the staff could be improved/integrated to better assist lawyers, morale can be improved

    Advice to Management

    When implementing changes, please communicate those changes to everyone and ensure that those changes are definitive. More decisive action is needed and people shouldn't be afraid to potentially anger lawyers over new firm protocols. Need strong trickle down effect to improve protocols and morale.


  10. "Terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Slightly better than no job at all

    Cons

    People are so dispensable and replaceable. No reward for decades of service except a never ending change of job title (which is no reward of course). Staff is treated poorly. Management is unbelievably horrible. No regard for individual staff contributions. Treat you like you should be grateful to have a job

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking you need to be the global law firm superstore. Treat your employees like the important people they are. Without staff your firm is nothing. Stop taking away benefits. A completely awful place since the K&L merge.


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