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Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated January 11, 2018
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Latham & Watkins Global Chair & Managing Partner William Voge
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Pros
  • Entrepreneurial in nature (for a big law firm) (in 19 reviews)

  • Amazing benefits and great people to work with (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, stressful environment at times (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Attourney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Attourney in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    kind co workers, generous salary, great environment

    Cons

    many hours of overtime, hard to find work to life balance


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, telework, general collegiality

    Cons

    Grueling hours, too much work

  3. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with the best and brightest in the industry

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful environment at times


  4. "Elite Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work, clients, and team-oriented atmosphere

    Cons

    Lots of billable hours; subpar training


  5. "Atttorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Being the boss
    Fighting on the Front Lines
    If you want to get some time and experience doing every imaginable part of civil litigation with very little handholding, this might be the place for you.

    Cons

    No one to turn to
    High stress
    Too many things to worry about
    Office sucks
    Not enough actual court time
    All the cases seem the same after a while and it is hard to get motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more; It would be nice if there were a wider variety of cases to expand my skill and move forward with my career.


  6. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back (for Biglaw) with reasonable people

    Cons

    Long hours and the work itself isn't very interesting


  7. "associate attorney"

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

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work at a top-tier, global law firm and to learn from very bright lawyers who are good people, generally speaking.

    Cons

    The usual downsides to Big Law, as an associate attorney you form the base of the pyramid. Long hours and unpredictable schedule.

  8. "Great place to work and learn the law"

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

    I worked at Latham & Watkins part-time

    Pros

    Amazing people, very interesting work

    Cons

    Big law - so still lots of client requests at challenging hours

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value new talent, support young attorneys


  9. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good resources and use of technology, nice people.

    Cons

    The overall large size lends itself to people being underutilized


  10. 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


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