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K&L Gates LLP Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance (for big law) (in 8 reviews)

  • Many more genuinely good people than you find at most firms (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • 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)

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

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  1. "Good office culture, poor firm culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The office makes culture a priority and it shows. Morale is up and people support one another, both attorneys and staff. We are one big team. Officewide benefits are great, fruit, crackers, hot sauce and coffee in the kitchen, plus yoga offered weekly and lots of social get-togethers. Managers are great to the staff and push to be progressive in the market.

    Cons

    Benefits are not great, medical insurance is very expensive, not too many perks offered outside of what the local office provides. Lots of change going on around the firm which makes it appear to be unstable. Some attorneys are very difficult to work with firmwide. It's a very political environment.

    Advice to Management

    Advocate and support your staff. Provide equal benefits to staff and attorneys. Stop laying off the little people to fix your top line. Invest in business development and use your staff for more creative opportunities.


  2. "Professional Atmosphere/ All Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Pay
    Friendly Co-Workers
    Amazing Benefits
    Organized

    Cons

    Awful Hours
    Inexperienced Admins
    (These were the only issues I had)

    Advice to Management

    Always know before you speak

  3. "Too big, corporate giant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at K&L Gates LLP full-time

    Pros

    Most of the staff was great, there is a lot of name recognition with K&L Gates.

    Cons

    The management is out of state, so there is no connection with the employees and management. The company is much too large to stay connected.


  4. "Firm is a firm; it's okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at K&L Gates LLP full-time

    Pros

    Some really great people; interesting clients; resources of a huge firm; great support staff

    Cons

    Commitment to diversity is only token; new management nickels and dimes about expenses; wastes lots of money on uniform office designs

    Advice to Management

    Work on eliminating silos across offices and practice groups.


  5. "Used to be a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Partner
    Former Employee - Partner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Certain of the former K&L offices still have a core of nice employees and remnants of a nice culture.

    Cons

    K&L used to be a quintessential "quality of life" law firm with a better quality of life in exchange for a lower salary. Those days are long gone. It is now much more like a typical firm, except that salaries have not really risen to match rising billable expectations. The firm suffers from excessive bureaucracy caused by the former leader who nearly single-handedly ran the firm into the ground. The firm is best for junior associates and equity partners, but senior associates and income partners suffer from fairly high billable expectations coupled with low salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Re-establish mid-market and quality of life ethos of the firm. K&LG will never be a Skadden and so stop trying to be that.


  6. "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


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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