King & Spalding Reviews

Updated May 9, 2020

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3.9
68%
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89%
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King & Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hays Jr.
Robert D. Hays Jr.
62 Ratings
Pros
  • "Beautiful offices located in Midtown Atlanta(in 11 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 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes, there are long hours(in 13 reviews)

  • "There also seems to be poor time management that trickles down to the project attorneys(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great starting place"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Project Attorney 

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Environment is what makes it

    Cons

    May be difficult to move up

    King & Spalding2019-08-29
  2. "Meh"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some nice people work here

    Cons

    higher pay and better bonuses

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    King & Spalding2020-05-09
  3. "Experience depends heavily on location/practice area"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Assistant 
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Project Assistants (PAs) job duties vary widely based on location and the team you're on. This is a great in-between job for recent graduates considering law school or a legal career. Work can sometimes be very boring, but a minute later you'll be rushed to finish or complete project by end of day or week. You will get a good feel for biglaw/corporate defense and its a career path for you. Usually you work 40/hr weeks and will have the occasional late night or 1/2 day on the weekend.

    Cons

    This is very team/practice area dependent, but make sure when you interview to know who you're working under. Demands and stress can be relatively high at times. Paralegal management can be disorganized as well -- don't always know what's coming down the pipeline. Also, very little place for internal growth besides possibly being promoted to paralegal. This position is best for those who want to go to law school.

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    King & Spalding2020-03-25
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of exposure - insane workload"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Tons of exposure to different areas and projects / Working with smart people that were trusted in their field

    Cons

    Way too much work put on admin staff without expectation of additional hires. The firm grew revenues, profits and the equity partnership, but that never translated to additional resources for functional departments. It only translated to additional work.

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    King & Spalding2019-11-07
  5. "Great company. Great co workers."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Management is easy to work with and understanding. Profit sharing.

    Cons

    Benefits not so good. Not taking care of their staff (backbone).

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    King & Spalding2019-10-16
  6. "Discovery Center -- a good place to start your career"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People/Culture, flexible schedule, get to work on exciting and topical cases, good place to start your legal career and get to learn how a large law firm operates.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to move from the discovery practice group into a substantive practice group at King & Spalding. Likely you will be doing only discovery you're entire time at K&S if hired as a project attorney. Terrible benefits for the Project Attorneys.

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    King & Spalding2019-10-02
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant 

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Everyone gets along really well. Productive environment

    Cons

    Sometimes communication can be difficult.

    King & Spalding2019-08-01
  8. "Poor pay but sometimes interesting work, excellent day care"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Chance to do legal work for some of the top companies in the world, excellent day care if you have young children, senior staff has their act together

    Cons

    Not a "real" King & Spalding attorney in pay or benefits, opaque promotion path, sometimes expected to work associate hours, very controlling about access to IT resources off site

    King & Spalding2019-08-10
  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are very kind and friendly. They take care of everyone in the firm. Great place to build my career!

    Cons

    I have no comment on the downside

    King & Spalding2019-06-14
  10. "Great firm, low pay at Discovery Center"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Staff Attorney 

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Benefits of a big firm generally

    Cons

    Low base pay is a con at the discovery center

    King & Spalding2019-05-31
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