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Latham & Watkins Los Angeles Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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  • Long hours and limited variety of work (in 15 reviews)

  • Being the largest money making law firm, they should reward their staff more (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent co workers great team work room for advancement tools for training on computer skills

    Cons

    Certain managers had big egos


  2. "the review"

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    Former Employee - Para Legal in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Para Legal in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very good people to work with

    Cons

    some people are really bad to work with


  3. "I liked working their, but I knew I couldn't stay their."

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They pretty much didn't bother you, as long as you didn't challenge them. They were known for holding grudges however.

    Cons

    The paralegals and secretaries are under utilized, but to be honest, LW is not the only firm guilty of that AWFUL FACT. Both function on a totally administrative level, which equals no skill in the world if you decide to leave. No advancement possibilities!

    Advice to Management

    Fight to make some changes for your employees, where they make sense.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Dead-end job...."

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    Former Employee - Technology in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Technology in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic Salary and Benefits
    Great camaraderie among staff.
    Flexible work hours.
    Use of newer technology helps professional growth.

    Cons

    Lackluster management vision and execution.
    Project management is a chaotic mess set in a fantasy world of unicorns and fairies.
    No room for advancement.
    Toxic environment/relationship between management and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and get over yourselves. Own your mistakes and stop the petty squabbles between teams.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Senior Legal Secretary in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Legal Secretary in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with. I truly enjoyed mastering the challenges there. They had the best of everything while I was there with them, and they were happy to share.

    Cons

    Latham is scaling down the home office (Los Angeles) as many of the older partners are retiring and those left there would prefer to work in the new Century City office as that is closer to where they live. This does not bode well for many of the staff, most of whom do not live near there.

    Advice to Management

    You are all doing a great job and I appreciate the encouragement and guidance you gave me during the 18 years I was at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. Keep up the good work.


  7. "Financial Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Peers and management were both very approachable and friendly
    - Great benefits
    - They value training and give new employees a lot of guidance

    Cons

    - The finance department works long hours. This tends to be pretty normal for finance jobs, especially at bigger companies.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Legal Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in La Verne, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in La Verne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    There is a reduction of secretarial jobs within the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Should be more sympathetic to staff employees.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "legal secretary"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Van Nuys, CA

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They pay well - that's the only "pro" I can think of.

    Cons

    There are many cons. Management is terrible, and they provide a very unpleasant atmosphere to work under. They are very cut-throat at that firm.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not perfect, but pretty close!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Excellent culture, resources, salary & benefits. Many opportunities for those who want to work hard and be assertive about asking for challenges. A lot of pride among employees in working for the firm, which is contagious. Very fair and compassionate for employees who go through hard times. Very collegiate environment.

    Cons

    Hard to find upward mobility. Often hire for managerment/executive positions from the outside. Not a lot of coaching and career planning in the service departments. Could share more of the profits with staff. (Even in the best income years, management "cries poor" about raises and bonuses.) But still better than most.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Programmer"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Garden Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Garden Grove, CA

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits; good work-life balance

    Cons

    Non-technical management; too much politics and favoritism; flat hierarchy - no opportunities for advancement



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