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Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated January 4, 2019
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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 26 reviews)

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

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  1. "Impressive top-notch firm for the cream of the crop"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and lots of staff benefits. Many highly intelligent people who encourage you to want to always put in your best work.

    Cons

    Don’t come here if you don’t plan on working hard! Not always a lot of opportunity for growth depending on your position.


  2. "One of the best places to work"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great management. Collegial culture. Great benefits. Opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    Long hours. Demanding Partners.

  3. "Business Development Hit or Miss"

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

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Lawyers are nice and respectful to most staff
    Work can be interesting
    Good compensation
    Practice specific roles are better than local office roles

    Cons

    Local Business Development Managers vary depending on location (Houston = wonderful; NY and DC = Not bad; Chicago = total trainwreck - avoid BD if local to Chicago)
    Clique-y BD culture firmwide. Like a sorority


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good for Biglaw"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Market compensation with a 1900 billable requirement; good perks; generally down-to-earth fun people; range of strong practice groups

    Cons

    Biglaw is a grind and LW is no different; failure to give associates (particularly women/minorities) leadership opportunities on matters; lack of investment by partners in developing associates


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dictating Leads with horrible attitudes"

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    Former Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Perks such as lunches and discounts

    Cons

    Lack of managemnent skills
    Too much trust given to unqualified leads

    Advice to Management

    Control the leads.
    Observe how the leads treat the employees.
    Step in more often.
    Force consequences on the leads.
    Understand that your lead is not qualified.
    Hire more mature leads who can handle different personalities and not talk smack about the employees when they walk away from their desks. (Amongst others)

    There was one in the GSO office who was very
    toxic to the environment, and made my daily work life stressful.

    The company is Amazing but needed management to step in more often.


  6. 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


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  9. "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!


  10. "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.