Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated Aug 7, 2020

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3.9
76%
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91%
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Latham & Watkins Chair and Managing Partner Rich Trobman
Rich Trobman
10 Ratings
Pros
  • "Generally great people below partner level(in 27 reviews)

  • "The culture is great and everyone has a great attitude, not your typical law firm and worth meeting some people here(in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long Hours, No Work/Life Balance(in 35 reviews)

  • "Obviously your work won't feel incredibly high-impact at a large law firm as an intern, you might learn more at smaller orgs(in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay and great experience; lots of responsibility early on

    Cons

    Working hours can be long

  2. "Great attorneys. Great senior management."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Latham has a great culture among attorneys. The culture on the staff side can be toxic especially in certain departments. The Business Development department is very difficult.

    Cons

    There is a big divide between the attorneys and the staff. It's hard to be a staff person at this firm.


  3. "BSTP Program"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Business Services Trainee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Great program for college graduates!

    Cons

    Overall a great program, can’t think of any cons

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good firm with a great reputation"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager 

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Partners are extremely intelligent, good pay, interesting clients

    Cons

    Not the best working environment in the marketing / BD group. High turnover in this group when I was there.

  5. "Avoid"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Benefits Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Administratively efficient in all aspects for employees.

    Cons

    Diversity deficient, condescending, avoidance tactics, insufficient coaching, cruel

  6. "Lack of Transparency, Bad Morale"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    High quality of legal work and clients.

    Cons

    Inflated partnership, no internal partnership promotions, lack of transparency from leadership, high percentage of jerks

  7. "Genteel place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits good pay professional

    Cons

    Layoffs, hours, work life balance

  8. "Great culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It’s a typical big law firm with the hours to match, but Latham has great people and the best culture of any big law firm

    Cons

    Hours are typical for a big law firm

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Big Law"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's Big Law--pays a lot

    Cons

    It's Big Law--work a lot

  10. "Great, smart people who work and play hard."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I couldn't imagine a better group of people with whom to spend long hours in the office. My colleagues were unfailingly funny and laid back, in addition to being incredibly smart and at the top of their game as professionals.

    Cons

    Long hours (like any Big Law experience) and not a lot of realistic expectation for that improving anytime soon.

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