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Kirkland & Ellis CEO Jeffrey C. Hammes
Jeffrey C. Hammes
103 Ratings
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  • "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 (22)

    "Love it - 10 Years and counting"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 20 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. "Challenging work with lots of rewards"

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

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Interesting sophisticated work Incredibly talented and intelligent coworkers Fantastic pay, benefits and perks Firm treats attorneys with a lot of respect

    Cons

    The hours can be long The work can be stressful and high pressure The schedule can be unpredictable

  3. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Practice Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    great benefits; great co-workers; team atmosphere!

    Cons

    The work seems to be feast or famine - a lot of rush jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open.

  4. "Best Firm"

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    Current Employee - Practice Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Top Notch attorneys, excellent benefits, good salary. No complaints. I will retire here.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about. Top notch firm.

  5. "Paralegal"

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

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Working with and learning from some of the best attorneys in the country - Great benefits - Wonderful paralegal department that was always there to help

    Cons

    none I can think of

  6. "Great Place to Work"

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      Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC

      I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Benefits, Salary, Coworkers. I honestly loved my time at Kirkland. Having been out of the work force for a while to raise kids and move across country, I wish I could work for Kirkland again.

      Cons

      Lots of OT expected and your job is pretty much your life. The life/work balance could be better.

    • Helpful (2)

      "Dysfunctional"

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      Current Employee - HRIS 

      I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Some of the people are great

      Cons

      Operations seems to trying to hold things together with duct tape.

    • "A Generous Firm"

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

      I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 4 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

    • "Great place to work"

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      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.

    • Helpful (4)

      "Business Development Specialist"

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

      I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time for more than 4 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.

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