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Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Better company culture than most law firms (in 18 reviews)

  • Good work life balance for biglaw (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, high expectations for paralegals (in 18 reviews)

  • Being the largest money making law firm, they should reward their staff more (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Business Services Trainee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    -great work/life balance
    -amazing work culture: attorneys/partners/staff are all very friendly and outgoing
    -top benefits package

    Cons

    -BSTP program is not as well-rounded of a program as advertised to be


  2. "Great Place To Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent! the Ivy League of law firms. Voluntary exit, however, as Library Dept. Mgt. (clique-bullying) was far below Latham & Watkins high standard.

    Cons

    Not a great DC Library/Information Resources Department.

  3. "LW"

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

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

    Pros

    Very well-managed firm, transparent and open, full access to information and commitment to training and inclusion

    Cons

    A large firm and to succeed attorneys need to take charge of their careers and not rely on Mother Latham to take care of everything


  4. "changing"

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

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    People are very nice - flexible schedule available

    Cons

    position changing, too much on one person, all the time, staff is stressed - work mill

    Advice to Management

    Be our voice


  5. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collegial and supportive environment
    Great clients

    Cons

    Hours and hourly billing -- but it comes with the territory

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the culture change
    Even though you are relatively transparent, would recommend being even more so


  6. "Great Work Enviornment!"

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    Current Employee - Technology in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technology in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great management
    Great pay
    Great hours
    Great benifits
    Great culture

    Cons

    I've been here a year in a half and can honestly say I have not had any problem with the way operations are conducted.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being flexible and understanding. Great work proud to be apart of LW!


  7. "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, good pay, people are friendly

    Cons

    I didn't have a negative experience

  8. "Nice People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    People are great and genuinely nice.

    Cons

    Work is extremely demanding. Not unique to Latham, just big law in general.


  9. "Bewawre"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good plce of you know you want to be a layer

    Cons

    takes about 4 years and a degree to get any kind of real promotion


  10. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed place to work. Friendly colleagues

    Cons

    The place could be more structured


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