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Kramer Levin Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2019

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3.3
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Paul S. Pearlman
12 Ratings
  1. "Great firm overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kramer Levin full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful staff and attorneys, welcoming company culture, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Not that many women in positions in leadership

    Kramer Levin2018-10-30
  2. "Fine medium firm"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Depending on group, and how you manage (up) your staffing, by saying no when appropriate, the hours can be not as bad as at other bigger firms.

    Cons

    Still big law, unpredictability, hours, etc.

    Kramer Levin2019-04-12
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Managing partners lack leadership"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kramer Levin full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Most partners were aloof and too busy ("important") to take the time to listen or genuinely care. Favoritism and cliques abound. Many rude, arrogant attorneys who do not know how to treat employees with authentic respect and decency. No real guidance or feedback for new employee, only "testing" to see if you have what they want. And if you are falling short of their expectations, there is no feedback to help you improve...

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    Advice to Management

    If your partners are not effective leaders and do not know how to motivate and inspire their department employees, perhaps get them training to be more effective and inspiring managers. Most people want to do there best -- however, overcritical/judgmental/arrogant/condescending leadership is not an effective way to lead nor inspire people to do their best. Instead of thinking you are the best (your arrogance)--look for...

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    Kramer Levin2018-11-08
  4. "Great people, but poor conservative managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kramer Levin full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Awesome people, great pay, ok benefits

    Cons

    Too conservative at the top

    Kramer Levin2017-09-12
  5. "IP Group"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary with decent benefits. Positive work environment. Professional colleagues.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of work in the IP group. Strict work hours.

    Advice to Management

    Need to let your staff breathe a little with respect to their work hours.

    Kramer Levin2017-07-03
  6. "Kramer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time

      Pros

      Great People, better than the impression I get at other NY firms

      Cons

      Old technology, typical big law complaints

      Kramer Levin2017-06-10
    • "Associate"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time

      Pros

      Nice people, good market reputation.

      Cons

      Management is a bit opaque.

      Kramer Levin2017-05-30
    • "Friendly colleagues"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Kramer Levin

        Pros

        Good cases. Friendly colleagues and staff.

        Cons

        Assignment system does not exist.

        Kramer Levin2017-04-14
      • Helpful (6)

        "Poor Work Environment"

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        Current Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook

        I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Excellent Benefits including good health insurance, dental, life insurance, vision and 401K that in is a solid match. Further, Kramer Levin had started me with an excellent starting salary that will allow me to survive living outside the city of New York.

        Cons

        The two stars are for the benefits. However, working at the firm is an exercise in frustration. There is a Kramer Levin way of doing thing or you can hit the highway. I feel as though I'm constantly in a hostile work environment with my work constantly being criticized opposed to receiving an effective learning process. Further, there is no room for new potential ideas. I feel trapped in a position working for a...

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        Advice to Management

        Please evaluate your employees that are suppose to train to support a healthy work environment. Basic kindness and respect for everyone. Most of the Partners are clueless, don't provide the support that a typical firm would give. Listen to all ideas and if it's not tolerated, there is no reason to be unkind.

        Kramer Levin2016-04-02
      • Helpful (7)

        "Harassment is a Part of the Corporate Culture!"

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        Current Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Kramer Levin full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Some of the support staff are really great and have the patience of saints. No matter how much they are yelled and screamed at, how poorly they are treated or what questionable activities they are coerced into participating in, mostly stick around and they keep attempting to make the partners happy (a thankless and impossible task).

        Cons

        The world at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP presents a false face of legitimacy. Behind the scenes, the partners are more like gang members, dishonest thugs that are willing to say and do just about anything, as long as it increases their bonuses that they take home at the end of the year (they are all paid a percentage of profit).

        Advice to Management

        Screaming, lying and bring degrading to your co-workers is not a proper management style. Hopefully, the leadership of this firm will recognize posts like mine and it will drive change but I am not going to hold my breath. Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP id just a place for people to pick up a decent pay check; no on loves their job; no one respects management or any of the partners; and because of the way we're...

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        Kramer Levin2015-11-27
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