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Kirkland & Ellis Reviews

Updated October 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great Benefits, and opportunities to grow with the Firm" (in 19 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 (9)

    "Love it - 10 Years and counting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "Great firm to work at!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Member in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work hard at Kirkland, you will be rewarded. It takes time, but hard work really does pay off and gets recognized. So does loyalty and dedication.

    Cons

    You will never want to leave.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Kirkland is a great company to work for on the staff side of the institution. I am constantly challenged and have had the ability to grow within my role and department. The culture at Kirkland is one of excellence and that model is followed by all attorneys and staff. The firm has changed over the years that I have been here and has become more collaborative and innovative. I am proud to work for a firm that is invested in me as an employee and provides numerous opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    None that I can think of right now.


  4. "A Notch Above the Rest"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After spending most of my career at Kirkland, I can truthfully say that it is a notch above the rest in the legal industry. You're surrounded by the best and brightest on a daily basis that challenge you to be your best. Constantly ranked as one of the best overall firms in the world.

    Cons

    It can be demanding, but that is made clear when you start.


  5. "Come for the compensation, stay for the people"

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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

    The competitive pay and benefits, along with all the various perks, are great. But the reason people stay here for years and years, is because of our people. Our firm is comprised of hardworking and dedicated people and genuinely care about their work. Nothing beats learning something new or tackling difficult challenges with teammates who are just as eager as you are to get things done, and to get things done right.

    The firm has had unprecedented growth over the past decade thanks to Jeff Hammes' leadership, which has opened up opportunities to make positive changes within the Firm. It's been rewarding to contribute towards that success.

    Cons

    In truth, our rapid growth has left some areas struggling to keep up. As a firm, we value innovation, however, that can be challenging when not all the resources are there to support it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff and invest in technology to appropriately support the needs of the increasing partnership.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stellar Firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked for 5 of the biggest and most profitable law firms over the last 18 years and by far, Kirkland was the most elite out of all of them in every aspect. If you get offered employment, consider yourself the best of the best. This firm only hires the type of person who strives for excellence. This includes every position from Attorney to staff members.

    Cons

    Long hours, and no room for failure, but that is what makes a person be the best they can be. No room for mediocrity at this firm.


  7. "Associate"

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

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    Responsibility, compensation, and good people

    Cons

    Long hours and tough path to equity partnership

  8. Helpful (1)

    "One-of-a-Kind Firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial mindset; free market system; supportive staff and leadership team; opportunity to be a part of the world's most profitable law firm ... thanks for Jeff Hammes' leadership

    Cons

    Highest of expectations; no room for error


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Professional Development Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time

    Pros

    The two things I've enjoyed most about my experience at Kirkland: Extremely supportive leaders in my department, and ample professional development resources. I also admire Kirkland's dedication to important social responsibility initiatives.

    Cons

    None -- I have had a very positive experience here.


  10. "Market Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing firm culture with outstanding benefits. Stellar leadership and management starting from the very top. Entreprenuerial spirit that provides challenging opportunities that allows for personal growth and professional development. Proud to be associated with a market leader in the industry.

    Cons

    There are no cons at this time.


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