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King & Spalding Reviews

Updated September 7, 2018
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King & Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hays Jr.
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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)

  • "Great benefits, opportunities for advancement" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance is almost non-existent" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Potentially long hours, Expensive parking" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Project Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    A very efficient team of attorneys. Very friendly environment

    Cons

    Sometimes, there are long hours.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Experience working in operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly office environment
    - Office events
    - Engaging work

    Cons

    - Managers need more experience and coaching on managing employees

  3. "Project attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Hired me right after law school; I started the week after bar and didn't waste anytime. Good pay because other job I could find without a license yet are solo practitioners that pay less than 45k. Coworkers are friendly. Overall a great place to work for starting attorneys.

    Cons

    work can be a little tedious.


  4. "Best option for the area"

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

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Hard to move up if not willing to relocate


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is nice, from the managing partner on down

    Cons

    NY office is overcrowded at the moment


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid if Necessary"

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    Former Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Attorney in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for not particularly hard or challenging work. Free donuts on Fridays. Free dinner if you work past 7 pm and have hit a 10 hour work day. If lucky, you will have the emotion to work remotely (only after you've been there from 9-5 and worked 8 billable hours).

    Cons

    This was not my first experience at a corporate firm so I was surprised by how the culture of the workplace is. First off, at the Discovery Center, you are completely separated from the main K&S building. It's not a far work but when you are constantly focused on meeting your billables, which if you're lucky is only eight, you don't even bother trying to be a human being a take a short walk. Life at K&S has no flexibility. Some managing attorneys treat you like a human being and really only care that the work is done efficiently and accurately, but the culture itself is toxic.

    It's not an environment where one feels like a working professional, let alone an attorney. The employees, whether higher-up or those who are new and sit at the pit, the environment is toxic. It is a mixture of high school and an unpleasant internship. You will find that people are very gossipy. You will find that those who have been there longer are rude. You will find that everyone complains about every little thing. And you will also find that no rules are followed and nothing really even makes sense. Even with HR protocols in place, the firm plays favoritism. They will let some things slide with some and then with others, there is a no-tolerance.

    Work/life balance is almost non-existent. I have seen people stressed out over childcare or other responsibilities they have in their life because simply, the work has to get done.

    There also seems to be poor time management that trickles down to the project attorneys. Don't be surprised to be told late Friday afternoon that you have to work that weekend because "things changed" or things come up.

    There is little to no advancement. We were told by upper management to not even think about a promotion until we have been there past two years. Also, bonuses are very confusing.

    Location is also terrible. Does not matter if you don't live far from Midtown, you will be stuck in terrible traffic. There is also construction in the area which will make morning and evening commute terrible. And no, you cannot go to work early to leave early. You will get in trouble, even if you completed your billable hours.

    My best advice is to keep to yourself as much as possible. And try your hardest to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Depending on your project that may be impossible for weeks and months at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally and figure out what protocol will be followed. It's annoying to see people get away with certain things and then others be punished for a wrongdoing that was not in their control or they were unaware. An example is how some attorneys who are barred in one jurisdiction are treated. There is an emphasis on being barred in Georgia yet there individuals who continually brag they've been at the firm for a year + and haven't bothered. Treat the attorneys like adults and not like they are being babysat.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Hard work, pays well"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, chance to learn a lot

    Cons

    Expect to work long and unpredictable hours

    Advice to Management

    Please consider the staff more.

  8. "Great company with some cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Refreshing and straightforward interview process.

    Cons

    Strong lack of company culture


  9. "Underpaid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Decent place to work for a big firm

    Cons

    Does not pay market rates


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Collegiality is the Name of the Game"

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

    I have been working at King & Spalding full-time

    Pros

    Collegial; hands-on learning; steep learning curve

    Cons

    Conservative over innovative; minimal coaching and mentoring at the junior level