Akin Gump Reviews

Updated 25 April, 2015
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  1. Good place to start

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to start with good pay and reputation. Training opportunities, network, and reputation open doors for your next job.

    Cons

    Shrinking firm struggling with leadership transitions. It's a good place to start a career and learn, but not a lot of long term potential. Long hours, but that is every big firm.

  2. Billing Assitant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Pros

    Great company to work with. You feel like part of a family.

    Cons

    Heavy workload but manageable and make time go by fast.

    Advice to Management

    I think they are doing a perfectly goo job currently.

  3. Legal Assistant

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best, most humane, BigLaw firm I ever worked for. They attract and hire the best and the brightest attorneys and they do their utmost to show non-lawyers how important they are to the team effort that is practicing law and making a law firm successful.

    Cons

    None - it was a joy to come to work every day. No kidding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!

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  5. Accountant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance for the most part in the accounting department.

    Cons

    Basically no room to move up.

  6. paralegal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, professional hard working culture. There have been changes in management, particularly in human resources which is improving culture.

    Cons

    Work demands can be brutal and unpredictable but that is true in most large private law firms; comes with that sort of job.

    Advice to Management

    Implement official work from home schedules to help offset the long hours. At leat that decreases the day by the Cummings time.

  7. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Akin Gump

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I love the location of the office

    Cons

    No one speaks to you in the office esp the partners

  8. Great benefits and decent pay but no room for growth for staff

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits (profit sharing, 401(k) match, professional environment

    Cons

    No flexible work arrangements for lower level staff (i.e. work from home, flexible hours). It is a very strict 9-5:30 schedule for staff. No room for growth, have to leave the firm to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Create employment paths for the staff so they are inclined to stay around longer.

  9. Great firm to work for - really miss it!

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    Former Employee - Word Processor in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Word Processor in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Akin Gump full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary, friendly co-workers, quick IT staff, and benefits are wonderful

    Cons

    Not many that I can remember - we did suffer a lot of layoffs while I was there, but that was due to the economy and I was not one of the employees laid off.

  10. Ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Records Clerk in Century City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Records Clerk in Century City, CA (US)

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility with vacation and sick days

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of company culture

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate management.

  11. Great big firm to work for. They're growing fast and there are opportunities for staff employees to climb up.

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

    I have been working at Akin Gump full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of professional and respectful people working at Akin Gump. Most of the attorneys are nice. Opportunities for growth within staff employees. Administrators and managers recognize hard working people. The firm also promotes further learning and training to sharpen current skills and learn new ones.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. I really enjoy working here.

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