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Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "You will work with a lot of great people" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Not every international law firm operates so fluidly across borders" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and sometime stressful projects" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Being the largest money making law firm, they should reward their staff more" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Very social, great types of deals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    everyone is really social

    Cons

    free market system; biglaw hours


  2. "It is not the worst place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is what you expect from a big law firm

    Cons

    Shortage of speaking opportunities for younger associates

  3. "Five Stars"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best firm in town! Great benefits, amazing culture, supportive environment.

    Cons

    No telecommuting for staff.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Excellent resources, training, own office, given a lot of responsibility, there's room to move up.

    Cons

    Long hours and sometime stressful projects. I felt pressured to stay late every day even if I didn't have any work.


  5. "Good Firm with mostly decent management"

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    Current Employee - Technology Analyst
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good spend on technology and a chance to work on the latest hardware. Good inter-office collaboration.

    Cons

    Policy-oriented so there is little freedom in using new ideas. I feel this has killed a lot of creativity in recent years. Centralization (back-office in LA and Manchester, UK) has brought a consistent platform but there is less technical demand in Practice Offices.

    Advice to Management

    Technology management should utilize existing talent within the firm more effectively.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "As good as it gets with Big Law"

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    Current Employee - Document Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Document Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, profit sharing, genuine care about employee career paths/advancement, best pay amongst other big firms.

    Cons

    Lots of corporate gridlock, swing-shift workers feel isolated/unappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to take care of your swing shift workers. You'll likely see less turnover with them as a result. Otherwise keep up your dedication to employees.


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Deals
    High profile deals
    Top name clients

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Long hours
    Basically no social life after you choose your practice area

    Advice to Management

    Bigger bonus for amount of hours billed

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Stressful workplace because of leads/Management"

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food and work perks

    Cons

    Managers leave immature Leads in charge with no room for employee support. Whatever the lead says, goes! No matter how unqualified he/she is.

    Advice to Management

    Hire mature, experienced leads to lead the teams! Not someone who came from Macy’s or Forver 21 and wants to dictate. This is a Law Firm! Not a gift shop. Some of us take our work ethics very serious and when challeneged by a not-so-know it all, we detour in our plans.

    Tasks become very child like as leads try to find fillers for your day with dumb assigments.

    You won’t have time to be yourself because the lead is always trying to dump their stress onto the employees due to: lack of a life outside of work..

    Anytime you start to feel different about the work environment from the dynamics one day to the next, you’ll be ignored by your own lead! Unbelievable right? Management doesn’t see that part!


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    The best Firm to work for!

    Cons

    None, amazing place to work!


  10. "Great Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Wonderful People
    Best possible experience for a huge firm

    Cons

    Long hours
    Its a BigLaw firm, so take it for what it is


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