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Kirkland & Ellis Reviews

Updated December 27, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great Benefits, and opportunities to grow with the Firm" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is in line in with similar size Firms" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "I've never had an issue with work life balance but it's easy to get caught up in putting in a lot of hours because the firm is so performance focused" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Long hours and tough path to equity partnership" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (16)

    "Love it - 10 Years and counting"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of room for growth in this company. Great coworkers who have turned into family and management is flexible. Salary and bonuses are great. Free breakfast in the morning and also receive dinner allowance plus free cabs when we work late. Also a free gym in the building. New Perk: the building now has manicures/massages in the building for a small fee.

    Cons

    More consistent policies across all offices/departments such as casual Fridays and working from home a day or two out of the week.


  2. "A Generous Firm"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Invests in their staff
    - Certain Departments are excellent in providing career growth pathways
    - Generous pay and support in many different aspects

    Cons

    - Obviously the hours can be tough
    - Sometimes poor holiday schedule

  3. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Kirkland's compensation and benefits are great.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more women.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Business Development Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest attorneys in their respective practices; High performance and high quality work is expected at all times, but appreciated and well received; Access to appropriate resources and training to facilitate job responsibilities

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity to work from home, if that is something that is of priority.


  5. "Good but could better"

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    Current Employee - Non Legal Staff Member in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Non Legal Staff Member in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really high profile firm, looks great on resumes. Training available when requested, good environment to work out of in SF Offices. In-house training and availability to move up and if you stick around.

    Cons

    Staff pay, benefits and perks are a little lackluster when compared to the surrounding companies like Twitch, Google, Facebook, etc. Slight above market, but not as alluring as it used to be when I first started. I've started seeing a lot of people jump ship because they got top notch training and skills then move onto companies that will pay more, provide more benefits, or general office perks. It's been a revolving door the last few years. It is the high grossing law firm in the world, so it'd be nice if they employee benefits reflected it as such. Revolving door of employment puts lots of stress on employees who cover the workload and often times it's not recognized. Even temporary pay increases for times when workloads is equal to that of multiple staff members and/or even above pay grade would be go a long way.

    Advice to Management

    Care of employees would probably the best method to keeping your employees happy and keep loyal employees.


  6. "Heavy layoff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Working for a company that name rings bells.

    Cons

    Hard work with heavy lay offs


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging, but Rewarding"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kirkland truly attracts the best and brightest--across the legal and business professional ranks. Expectations are high; you can expect to be professionally stretched and challenged, including support for you to grow personally, improve projects/processes institutionally, and implement strong ideas. Senior management has done well to anticipate opportunities to grow and strengthen the firm, and in my experience, has supported those who aim to do the same.

    Cons

    The firm is (for better and at times for worse) very entrepreneurial, and not a particularly nurturing environment. There are definitely more accommodating and supporting managers and staff within the organization, but if that's something that is useful for your work style, be sure to seek them out intentionally. They are usually stretched, and will not necessarily come to you.

  8. "Support Staff"

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    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well integrated support staff, profitable firm, high performing attorneys, multiple career paths, strong firm leadership

    Cons

    Occasional overtime, exceptional work product required


  9. "Never boring"

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been with Kirkland a very long time. As one might expect in working for top-tier corporate attorneys, the work environment can be demanding and rigorous at times. But it's a really collegial environment, and there is often a sense that we're all in it together. It's never boring here. For people who are always looking to push their work to the next level, this is the place for them. Also, a heavily diversified client base ensures consistent receipts, so there's not much worry of them ever having a bad year. Not even in the worst downturns, thanks to a stellar restructuring practice. Yay for job security.

    Cons

    Sometimes the fast pace can be daunting. Also, the entrepreneurial culture can make getting a promotion tough if you're not working for the right team or managing your personal brand well. There's also not a lot of flexibility for working from home for support staff, like there is for attorneys. Considering that much of the staff commutes from outer boroughs and the suburbs, this seems a little unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Creating more parity in the work-life benefits and policies for staff vs attorneys might create a more egalitarian-seeming work environment.


  10. "Case Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Lots of autonomy.

    Cons

    Hours can be hard. Lots of managing up.