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Latham & Watkins San Diego Reviews

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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 15 reviews)

  • Very good benefits; good work-life balance (in 7 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 12 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome law firm."

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    Current Employee - Administrative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Inclusive and team-focused culture; long-term employees that have become life-long friends; generous benefits.

    Cons

    No cons. I have been at the firm for over 23 years for a reason.


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    "Excellent working conditions and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Goal was to create global law firm with small office environment

    Cons

    Lost that tight-knit family feel through growth of firm; too many management layers in organization.

    Advice to Management

    Create avenues of growth for administrative and legal support staff. Shed the legal secretaries who are not carrying their weight, but "married" to their partners. Giving them raises/bonuses just because of who their partners are hurts morale of the best employees.


  3. "Work hard and use to play hard but not so much anymore."

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are extremely sharp but are able to have a conversation about things other than work. Compensation and benefits are very competitive, so there is reward for the demanding work and hours. Senior attorneys are some of the best, so there are excellent examples to learn from.

    Cons

    People are too busy to stop and talk, whether it be casual or even shop talk. I think the informal mentoring that is helpful to building expertise and teams is minimal.


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