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Paul Hastings Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, work and mentoring (in 6 reviews)

  • PH is a well-regarded, big law firm staffed with skilled professionals (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Some long hours (overtime), nights, weekends (in 8 reviews)

  • Health insurance benefits could be better (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Janitor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Janitor in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    So much fun couldn't have been more fun love love love love love it here so great! Can't love it more!

    Cons

    Nothing really to be honest I love it here so so so so so much! It's amazing I couldn't have asked for better brooms


  2. "Good Experience, Teamwork, and Workflow"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Paul Hastings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The projects you work on and the clients you serve are at the highest caliber. You can gain a lot of valuable experience if you are the type to actively seek it out. There is generally a sense of friendship and a collegiate atmosphere within groups, which provides for an efficient work environment.

    Cons

    Plainly put, the company is very cheap. If you are a junior staff member and/or not an attorney, you will almost certainly be underpaid. There seems to be an effort within the firm to clearly distinguish the hierarchical and status differences between attorneys and the rest of the staff. There is no formal training, but if you are smart/capable, you should be able to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff is also important.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Very Bad!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Paul Hastings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I summered at the firm and it was one of the best times I can remember. I admire the associates in my class but it's easy to see that those of us that are diverse have to work harder.

    Cons

    I'm tired of being the token diverse associate for recruiting and client meetings. Oftentimes I don't get hours when we begin working with those actual clients.Last week I was on the elevator with a practice group chair, and he asked me if I am excited about black history month. I am an entirely different race. I can't wait to find another job. The long hours and lack of appreciation aren't worth it any longer.


  4. "Great AmLaw Firm"

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    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Paul Hastings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere. Great client base. Strong global footprint.

    Cons

    Slow to adapt to changing needs of clients.

    Advice to Management

    Invest time and effort in changing business model to focus more on legal project management.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "IT Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Paul Hastings full-time

    Pros

    Located downtown Los Angeles and its a job.

    Cons

    Management is flawed, they do not work as a team nor is staff allowed to work as a team.

    Advice to Management

    Get some management training


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Administrator, talent Acquisition & Development"

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Paul Hastings (More than a year)

    Pros

    A good place to work in comparison to other top law firms. High levels of collegiality among attorneys and staff. Very flexible.

    Cons

    Has had significant growing pains as the firm rises to the top of the amlaw rankings. That said, management has made a strong effort to maintain the positive culture the firm is known for.


  7. "paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance for support staff

    Cons

    unfriendly, co workers set you up for failure and embarassment

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not all that"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Long hours great people to work with you will learn more.

    Cons

    . I would not recommend them to others. The company should strive for better customer service to individuals they contact for interviews. They also wasted a lot of my time by arranging and rearranging interviews with others in their own company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  9. "Innovative firm"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Paul Hastings full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent complexity of cases, and stellar attorneys to work with. Very innovative in their approach to client issues.

    Cons

    Somewhat of a black box when it comes to associate bonus compensation. Lockstep for bonuses, generally, but the discretionary piece is a complete mystery. Also, health insurance is abysmal -- high-deductible plan, with very high co-pays thereafter.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your senior associates about the direction of the firm and their likelihood of advancement.


  10. "Pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Paul Hastings (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of well educated attorneys and staff at Paul Hastings. There is often free food, stocked refrigerators and fun events for attorneys. The facilities are nice and centrally located.

    Cons

    Huge divide between attorneys and staff, low staff morale. Benefits are not even worth talking about. High deductibles for minimal benefit. Hours can be really long for both attorneys and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Plan more events to include staff, not just attorneys. Review benefit packages to insure that people are able to take care of their medical and dental needs without breaking the bank.


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