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Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated October 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "You will work with a lot of great people" (in 21 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. Helpful (1)

    "Best firm to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Management genuinely cares about staff, awesome culture, embraces diversity, fun social events and supportive colleagues

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility within position


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Wouldn't recommend if you want a friendly environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Some nice perks and wellness benefits

    Cons

    People think way too highly of themselves and don't treat staff well. Low pay.

  3. "Loved it here!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, the firm listens to all suggestions, ability to work seamlessly with other locations across the globe, amazing benefits and wellness program. There are many opportunities for staff to learn new skills or help other departments. High growth potential.

    Cons

    They form committees for everything (which is a pro because they care about their employees input) however, because it's a committee, it tends to take a while to make a decision. Really the only con I could think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  4. "Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    great team both local and global, coworkers are all very smart and hardworking

    Cons

    work schedule is not flexible, not many opportunities to advance


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Terrific benefits provided to everyone. Culture is collaborative and collegial.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in company - retention rates are high so there are not a ton of openings unless you in one of the larger offices.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "As good as it gets with Big Law"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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