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Latham & Watkins Reviews

Updated May 7, 2018
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Latham & Watkins Global Chair & Managing Partner William Voge
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Pros
  • You will work with a lot of great people (in 19 reviews)

  • Entrepreneurial in nature (for a big law firm) (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours (no duh, it's biglaw) (in 24 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    A firm that really care's about their employees and provides great benefits both professionally and recreationaly.

    Manager's care about your happiness and push you to become better at your job and future opportunities.

    Nice work environment.

    Really good co-workers.

    Cons

    There are the standard office politics.

    Long hours.


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collegial environment with brilliant attorneys

    Cons

    Morale varies dramatically between groups. Mentorship can be difficultwith cross office staffing

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Admin Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work here

    Cons

    Everything about this company stinks


  4. "Challenging Work in a Great City"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Good people, challenging work, fair pay

    Cons

    Same as any big law firm.


  5. "Traditional Big Law Firm Experience"

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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

    Pros

    Make lots of money in a short period of time.

    Cons

    24/7 Work and no work life balance


  6. "GSO Office in LA"

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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

    People at the GSO office are friendly and willing to help the incoming analysts. Great environment to challenge yourself to do well and rise through the ranks.

    Cons

    Not an issue for me but it's a flat structure so titles don't mean that much here.


  7. "Global Support Office (GSO) is the best if you're a non-atty"

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    Former Employee - Practice Support Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Practice Support Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GSO has no attorneys = more fun at the office
    Operates more like a tech company
    Great people and great culture
    Room for growth

    Cons

    I made the mistake of leaving

  8. "Great Place to work depending in what you do."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Latham & Watkins full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. A lot of Diversity with both Attorney and Staff population.
    Up to date with the latest Technology and Software.

    Cons

    Due to client audits, a little stringent on security protocols. Example, no Spotify on the local pc and some sites are not available to be viewed.
    Can be high schoolish depending on the office your work. Staying up to date on the latest and greatest Technology and Software while a great idea. It is taxing on local technology support people and you kinda get shuffled thru the training.


  9. "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of amenities, great benefits package, solid salary, great job security and a great learning opportunity. You will work with a lot of great people!

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement, the ticketing system generates over 60 emails every day which makes it hard to keep up. Some of the employees that had been there for a while are quite pessimistic, very low ceiling for growth

    Advice to Management

    Reward the hard working employees and trust them to do their job well.


  10. "Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great leadership and excellent communication throughout the firm.

    Cons

    None that spring to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


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