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King & Spalding Reviews

Updated October 25, 2017
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King & Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hays Jr.
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42 Ratings

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Pros
  • The benefits are also great - people can and do take their vacation time and the parental leave policies are fantastic (in 6 reviews)

  • I've been with the firm for 16 years and had the privilege to see the firm's growth to an international law firm striving to be the Best of the Best (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Potentially long hours, Expensive parking (in 11 reviews)

  • There are very high expectations for quality of work product and availability, which can be stressful and lead to a lopsided work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Discovery Center"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, management is approachable and always willing to assist employees, the hours are decent and the schedule is flexible if you have an appointment or need to work from home, training sessions are very helpful, and the work itself is interesting.

    Cons

    Nothing so far as cons


  2. "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loved it when they were a smaller firm

    Cons

    It's gotten so big, it's hard to know anyone there

  3. "Project Attorney -- Discovery Center"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    They gave me a job immediately out of law school without having passed the bar exam. Superiors were all friendly and helpful. Considering the easiness of the job, pay was pretty good.

    Cons

    The job is extremely boring. Reviewing documents all. day. long.


  4. "Project Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and leadership is fair minded.

    Cons

    The pay is not great especially if you have student loans.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  5. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Base compensation is competitive with marketplace

    Cons

    Management does not care about the workforce or people


  6. "Solid Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and teamwork. People work well together.

    Cons

    Workload can be heavy sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate as much as possible.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

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

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for. The benefits were great.

    Cons

    Overtime is expected at all times.

  8. "Good salary and interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience with the opportunity to work on very interesting and varied cases

    Cons

    Could be clearer on career planning and expectations


  9. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    It was a great job

    Cons

    No complaints from me about the company


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Project attorney"

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    Former Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Receive a paycheck
    -Can put big clients/large cases on resume
    -Aren't expected to bring in business

    Cons

    -Pay is far too low for billable requirements (plenty of firms ask their associates to bill less than was required here while paying them 3-4x as much), especially when regularly asked to work 10 hours a day and on weekends
    -Bonus is dependent on meeting billable requirements for the year (or sometimes quarter); if you work 250 hours one month and then have nothing to do next month and only bill 50, you won't be getting a bonus even though you killed yourself every week the month before
    -Considered "contract" employees yet told you must be in office 8 hours every day even if you have no billable work to do
    -Receive no benefits whatsoever
    -Barely even interact with immediate superiors, much less higher ups
    -Have no interaction with the main firm or case teams at all; totally separate operation from the rest of King & Spalding and based on my experience I think most other firms/companies realize this and so it doesn't look as good on a resume as you might think
    -Treated like an assembly line rather than attorneys
    -No guidelines for advancement/promotion; seems arbitrary and some people were promoted who had no business receiving one over other employees who stayed at the project level
    -Even if promoted to staff, hard ceiling to block advancement much further
    -Bad employees are kept on and paid the same as good ones, which disincentivizes hard work and demoralizes employees

    Advice to Management

    Significant pay increase; offer benefits to all employees; treat people like adults and attorneys rather than untrustworthy cogs in a machine; have events to allow people to interact and get to know their colleagues; reward people for good work rather than treating them exactly the same as other employees who sit and do nothing all day


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