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I worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher full-time (more than 10 years)Pros
Great pay and benefits at Gibson Dunn. For the most part good work environment. though often very stressful (as with any Big Law).
In-house trainers and 24 hour help desk were available to everyone in the firm.
Profit share for staff was 5% of what you earned (including OT and bonuses). Usually gave out ~$50-100 in gift cards for Thanksgiving and some kind of gift for staff appreciation (that was often not really all that appreciated by the staff-a beach chair with firm name on it? USB memory stick? Most would have preferred another gift card).
Advancement opportunities were available, but usually only after you had put in several years.Cons
HR dealt with attorneys who were abusive to staff, though plenty of partners were given lots of leeway.
Management really focused on how the firm was perceived and ranked in annual surveys. Dropping from #2 to 3 in any category was treated like a failure. If any area ranked number 1, the celebration was short lasted as management's focus was to maintain that rank.
Vacation days would hardly ever be used up and overtime was sometimes mandatory, except for that one guy who knew how to balance work/life, but everyone else resented him and he was seen as not a team player.
At least 3 times in the last 20 years entire departments would get the ax, only to be replaced by younger and lower paid group within a year or two. The threat of losing your job for any reason was always hanging in the air.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Learn how to look someone in the eye and give them a pat on the back once in a while.
Staff really don't want to hear complaints about money from partners who are pulling in seven figures... We all have bills and financial obligations.
Majority of IT department was OFTEN (every 18 months it seemed) given "no vacation" orders and strongly encouraged to pick up extra shifts to help out if the firm was going through hardware or software upgrades, which could take a month and was nearly always delayed by a few weeks. This resulted in everyone working 50-70 hour weeks with no break in sight. A much better approach would be "hey, we are going through an upgrade of new computers and we really need all hands on deck so we can complete it in 3 weeks instead of two months. During this time you will be asked to pick two days that you must take as vacation. Go to a movie, take a hike or play x-box and veg out, whatever, just don't think about work for 24 hours."RecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
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Getting an Interview
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I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.Interview Details
I was scheduled for a series of interviews through an agency. The first two interviews as well as the testing went very well. I was called back for a third interview with a higher up. I knew from the air of arrogance this higher up posessed when he walked into the room that even if offered a position, I could never be happy in my job working under him. I told the recruiting office if they made an offer, that I could not accept it.Interview Questions
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One of the top US corporate-transactions law firms, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher also practices in such areas as labor and employment, crisis management, litigation, public policy, real estate, tax, and white-collar defense and investigations. The firm has about 1,000 lawyers working from more than 15 offices in California, Colorado, Texas, and various financial capitals worldwide. The firm also has a significant presence in Washington, DC. Along with multinational companies, Gibson Dunn clients include commercial and investment banks, government entities, individuals, and...