Akin Gump Reviews

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
26 Reviews
3.6
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    A firm full of talented attorneys with little hope for advancement to partnership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    The firm is full of talented associates, counsel, senior counsel and partners, many of whom are also great colleagues.

    Cons

    Advancement within practice groups is entirely contingent on the good faith of the partners with whom you work. The firm lacks a system for measuring performance independent of the specific reviews given by partner and more senior ranked attorney supervisors. As a result, stellar work can sometimes be lost, unrecorded, and unrecognized, especially when conflicts develop between rising stars and established partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a system of 360 evaluation that will enable subordinates to report out on the management skills and other abilities of more senior attorneys. Develop a method for recording work origination that accurately captures when non-partners originate matters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good managers and bad managers

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, easy to find work within the fast-growing sections, lots of autonomy and respect among lawyers, and great location within D.C. The usual perks of being at a large law firm, with a bit more tech-savvy crop of yound partner than you'd expect.

    Cons

    Easy to get pigeonholed if you're not careful with your development; Lots of work-related travel and, like most biglaw, no work-life balance; High-level management tends to be great but lower level management can sometimes get in the way of getting interesting work; Some high attrition within certain groups, especially where management and clients can be quite difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how to keep people from leaving the firm by preventing them from getting stuck working for the same client or partner; better orientation and training within the section would be great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    LA OFFICE-Infighting, politics, layoffs, poor pay for non lawyers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Partners and associates are rich and well fed.

    Cons

    Everyone not a lawyer is treated like a dog (not in a good way). Long hours, low pay, no job security, threat of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the non lawyers with respect. THEY are WHY you get to bill so many high priced hours. Paralegals and legal secretaries and support staff do most of the work. They arrorneys sign off on the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    New York Office - supportive despite the fast-paced environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues are for the most-part very supportive. Management is also supportive. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Stressful deadlines lead to an imbalanced work-life schedule.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    The technology professionals were both talented and people I sincerely enjoyed working with on a daily basis.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good management, willingness to buy tools required to complete projects.

    Cons

    As they got bigger and influence shifted from the DC and Texas offices to the NY office, I felt they put partner compensation above all else. Traditionally they had focused on development and appreciation of both staff and attorneys. Obviously, attracting and retaining the top attorneys is key to the success of any law form, but valuing staff is also important.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Long Timer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I am and have seen the upward mobility of the firm's employees (staff) over the years.

    Cons

    Times have changed in the workings of the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Collegial atmosphere. Great compensation. Long Hours.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    The atmosphere is collegial. The compensation is consistently at the top of the market. The management is extremely competent and focused on long-term stability.

    Cons

    As with all firms, the hours are long and unpredictable. Work-life balance is a constant struggle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fabulous Firm!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akin Gump as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people, positive work environment, beautiful offices, and management with integrity.

    Cons

    Big firm life is demanding and the hours are tough no matter what firm you are in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work with good management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment with good management. Great benefits and excellent training tools for any necessary jobs/tasks. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Rigid work schedule (not very flexible on hours). High stress environment. Nothing really else to say. Yes, you have to be able to meet deadlines and what-not, but heh, that's called having a JOB!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please news about the company flowing to the lower levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Tax Counsel International

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    Former Employee - International Tax Counsel  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - International Tax Counsel in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, interesting clients, good relationships and mentoring

    Cons

    Good dealwork requires high time commitment, flexible hours are not possible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None--they know what they are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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