Kirkland & Ellis Reviews

Updated May 22, 2020

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3.9
81%
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Kirkland & Ellis Chairman Jon Ballis
Jon Ballis
3 Ratings
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  • "Can be long hours and constant availability(in 42 reviews)

  • "You are expected to work several hours of OT everyday without a work/life balance(in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Practice Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Been here over 17 years.

    Cons

    Some departments have their own rules with regards to making up time.

    Kirkland & Ellis2020-05-12
  2. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Massive deal flow, learning opportunities

    Cons

    Hours can be unpredictable and long

    Kirkland & Ellis2020-04-27
  3. "Impressive"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Sophisticated, energetic and very collaborative

    Cons

    Stressful at times and lack of full transparency

    Kirkland & Ellis2020-04-14
  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Remote work and quality work

    Cons

    Long hours and demanding clients

    Kirkland & Ellis2020-03-12
  5. Helpful (1)

    "A few rotten apples spoils the bunch"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Resume builder, daily breakfast, great common areas

    Cons

    Immature, unprofessional behavior of department heads makes for toxic and bizarre work environment. Ally yourself with someone important and you can get away with whatever. Industry reputation for treating staff terribly. Turn over is rampant. Entire departments fleeing. Go somewhere else. Be paid a lot more. Be happy.

    Kirkland & Ellis2020-04-09
  6. "Ok"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Tons of resources, good pay and bonus, nice offices

    Cons

    Just like any other big law firm, work life balance is a problem

    Kirkland & Ellis2020-02-23
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic Environment!"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits and decent pay

    Cons

    Expect to work in an understaffed department. Work will be piled on your desk and management will add more to your workload as if you’re not already swamped. You are expected to work several hours of OT everyday without a work/life balance. Working through lunch is the norm. This is a thankless job! Management also gossips and tells your personal business to other staff members. I guess they don’t realize some of the staff is close and will warn each other that the personal information isn’t confidential.

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    Kirkland & Ellis2020-02-05
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Free food, good benefits, big money

    Cons

    They keep departments and groups understaffed to create an atmosphere of permanent crisis. There is always too much work and late nights are the norm. Company culture is work should be your whole life, people brag about never seeing friends and family, neglecting pets and having no life. The expectation is that Kirkland, being the best, only hires the best, and if you’re not willing to work for 12 hours a day you’re clearly not the best.

    Kirkland & Ellis2020-03-01
  9. "good people"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    nice people to work with, hard working people

    Cons

    very competitive environment at times hard place to grow

    Kirkland & Ellis2020-01-07
  10. "Super smart, hard working people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Top of the market work and compensation Flexible work schedule (i.e., no face time requirement) Young partnership

    Cons

    Very long hours The firm doesn't know how to say no to clients, which means lots of growth, but it also means clients will step all over you

    Kirkland & Ellis2020-01-06
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