Spring 2016 Internship (Former Employee) – Tallahassee, FL – May 10, 2017
As an aspiring attorney, Akerman was one of my favorite jobs. Everybody in the office was extremely hard working and talented. It is an honor to say I have worked along side of the most respected attorneys in the field.
"Associate" (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 17, 2017
Top Tier people. Co-workers are smart, engaging, and generally all team players. Hours and demands can be challenging and all encompassing, but you will be around people who will give you as much leeway as needed to make the experience as pleasurable as possible. Also, great benefits for young lawyers including nearly limitless business development account, and cart blanche to go to any industry / networking events, travel to meet clients or counter-parties, et cetera. They also invest heavily back into themselves, so offices, work environment, events, and fringe benefits are top notch.
Top Tier; firm will give you every monetary advantage to build your career
Hours; Offices can be somewhat segregated into mini-firms rather then one national team
Unfairness, office manager has no experience working in a law firm
Legal Secretary (Former Employee) – Las Vegas Summerlin, NV – June 5, 2016
Office manager plays favorite. Allow her favorite employee to do what she wants. It's okay for her to work 20 - 30 hrs of OT a wk and she is only able to complete ONE task. This is a fast pace environment but manager looks pass that since they are friends. Manager believes lies from her friend. Disrespectful to attorneys, argues with them in front of other employees. Big turn over. Not enough legal secretaries. Workload is impossible to get done on an 8 hr a day. People stay as late as midnight and work weekends. Forget about having a life. Office manager treats her hard workers like badly. She expect more and no compensation. Only for her lazy, slow, and are friends with. Because the office manager has no experience working in a law firm she does understand the workload of the legal secretaries do.
Great PTO & health benifits
Office manger is unfair, believes lies, has no experience working in a law firm
RUN - pay is great but expectations are unrealistic
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Las Vegas Summerlin in Nevada – April 22, 2016
Initially are lured in by friendliness and pay. Manager swears that attorneys are generally really nice people and is ignorant to the rules of court and unrealistic expectations. Famous words: You are committing malpractice. Does not know the definition nor a legal assistant is unable to commit malpractice. Once you are sucked in you will be expected to work until late in the evening. There is NO balance of work and home life. One of the worst law firms to work for in Clark County.
Legal Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – West Palm Beach, FL – July 4, 2015
Working for 3 or more busy attorneys. Drafting correspondence, hearing notices, assembling materials to send to Judges before hearings, inputting time on daily basis for billing purposes. Preparation of travel and entertainment reports. Keeping docketing calendar for upcoming events. I worked with a wonderful group of other legal administrative assistants and paralegals, who worked together well as a team.
It was definitely fun to have worked at Akerman LLP
File Clerk (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – July 2, 2015
It was fun working at Akerman as I had the opportunity to improve some aspects of the Filing department together with Management.
At times it was a bit hard when I felt a little overwhelmed by the extend of the work that needed to be done and that was left behind by a previous employee. However, I was always able to get the assistance I needed as well as comfort in knowing that my job wasn't overlooked but rather recognized by management.
The company had great employees as others not so great but I believe it is a normal situation in any company. However, never had any major disagreements or any personal encounters with anybody as we all were pretty much quite professional.
It was definitely fun and a pleasure to have worked at Akerman LLP.
Small company so we got to know each other quite well
Benefits were great but not so great as most law firms pay for your transportation but not Akerman
User Support Technician (Helpdesk) (Current Employee) – Maitland, FL – February 4, 2015
Great company to work for. It is one of the most organized companies i have the pleasure of working with. Equipment is replaced should it fail with no wait. Staff in IT department are very knowledgeable. Quick pace, many things to do while providing insight to some new troubleshooting techniques. It's fun to present users with solutions to user-specific issues that may arise and their gratefulness after it has been solved. Hardest part is the constant abuse on behalf of some the users when talking to Helpdesk personnel but overall a great learning and stable work experience.
Great use of resources; knowledgeable staff, good pay and benefits
Constant down-talking and unprofessional behavior from some users
Litigation Associate (Current Employee) – New York, NY – January 19, 2015
Typically partners leave by 6 or 7 and associates are out by 8 (unless there is a big case going on). The attorneys are generally more fun and approachable than many other places. They tend to be younger, and it seems like a new generation will be running the litigation department soon. Truly a great place to work where the employers respect their employees and care about them as people.
In house CLE training; mentoring events; department lunches; small firm feel with more resources
lacking certain resources that firms of its size normally have (e.g., no managing attorney)
Very friendly and comfortable environment. Everyone willing to always help one another
Legal Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – West Palm Beach, FL – September 2, 2013
Different types of projects every day. I worked in Litigation and Estate Planning. Co-workers were wonderful people. The hardest part of my job was learning litigation. The most enjoyable part of my job was working with people who cared and were helpful.
Benefits, luncheons, bonuses, snacks and breakfast on Fridays
Not enough estate planning attorneys in my department