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Kirkland & Ellis Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Sophisticated cases, young associates get lots of experience

    Cons

    Inconsistent culture. Some partners are great and others are horrible.


  2. "Legal Word Processor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, free "breakfast" and coffee (Starbuck's machines)

    Cons

    Support groups not taken seriously

    Advice to Management

    As your attorney base grows, support groups should grow at a similar ratio. Common sense.....

  3. "A/P"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable & Receivable in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable & Receivable in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, worked as a team, get along with everyone in Company.

    Cons

    There is no downside, except only 2 employers in A/P department at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Needed more help in the Accounting, bec at the time I was helping receivables too.


  4. "Kirkland & Ellis work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Salary for positons are excellent.

    Cons

    Directors and managers makes the jobs more stressfull than needed. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop mking the job more stressfull for employess just because the firm pays high salaries.


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong teaming and collaboration within department.

    Cons

    Demanding hours and political culture and bureaucracy, difficult to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    Managers would benefit from formal training.


  6. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay while working on top-level transactions

    Cons

    "Work-life balance" is not a phrase known to many attorneys at KE


  7. "Work culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    Too busy for the team always.

  8. "Kirkland & Ellis"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice office, relatively new technology

    Cons

    poor management, high-pressure without correlating reward/bonus


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Litigation Support"

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

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Self driven career path. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Litigation support is not integrated into the case teams.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Junior Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Junior Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Paralegal in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive company, overtime pay, working with competent attorneys.

    Cons

    Long hours, the non-attorney staff culture is basically non-existent, feels as if the attorney-side of KE is run like a completely different firm than the non-attorney side.


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