Law Clerk (Former Employee) – Spokane, WA – August 15, 2016
I enjoyed the professional staff of attorneys I worked with at K&L. However, most people did not seem to love their work. This may be more of a critique of attorneys in general, rather than the actual firm.
Document Services (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – October 31, 2016
This 24 hour department is run like a circus. Management turnover is high. NO stability. NO respect. Initial pay is good but don't expect a raise. There is no training. Absolutely no room for advancement.The admin equivalent to working as a ditch digger.
Legal Secretary/Assistant (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – March 23, 2016
I worked for K&L Gates in the Portland, Oregon office for three years, having been assigned during those years to various senior partners/associates in various disciplines from Real Estate Development to Banking and Asset Management to Energy, to FDA, to Employment, to Corporate, to Mergers and Acquisitions. I found my work to be rewarding, my cohorts to be pleasant and would recommend K&L Gates to any potential future employee.
Comaraderie among staff and attorneys were respectful.
Main Receptionist (Former Employee) – Newark, NJ – November 20, 2015
I was a receptionist at K&L Gates for a brief period of time due to personal reasons. During my time there I was busy from the moment I walked in to the moment I walked out; answering phone calls, organizing files, calling in food orders for meetings, sending e-mails, directing employees to meetings, keeping the front desk tidy, etc. etc. Everyone who I encountered while working at K&L Gates were amicable and most importantly professional. The hardest part of the job was when all my tasks would come together at once. Even with Time & Project Management skills at times it was a bit overbearing but the job was always completed.
Professional Environment & Benefits
Too many Projects to be completed in a timed deadline
Secretary (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – July 9, 2014
The Chicago office has been downsizing in a major way for the past 5 years and it doesn't seem like a turnaround seems imminent. Many major practice groups have left and staff have had salaries frozen or cut for basically the entire period. (See recent articles in Above the Law about the partner defections). Morale is poor, people fear for their jobs, and the atmosphere is less than warm and fuzzy. Be very careful with any move here.
staff (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh PA – November 18, 2013
before 2008 it was a good place to work. after that they started expanding - beginning with 12 offices and ending with 44. Corporate greed is the gospel of this place. Christmas parties used to be elaborate - now a buffet in large conference room serving polish sausage and pierogies. Admin day (formerly secretary day) used to be large extravagant lunches with really nice gifts - recently was a packet of seeds and icecream. Raises are small if at all and they took 5 days off the more seniors employees. Don't go there.
no raises, no appreciation for job well done - won't have your back
Staff (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – July 2, 2014
Word to the wise-- make sure that you like your starting salary, as you'll be living on it for awhile. staff at the Chicago office has not had a raise for 4 of the last 5 years, and bonuses were eliminated. More than half the lawyers have left the firm, and staff has been cut back drastically. (Many have had their hours and salaries cut also). Not a place to go if you're looking for job security.....
IT Manager (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh – November 10, 2014
Sr. Leadership seems to be in flux. There has been a new CIO, CFO and CHRO within the last two years. Through that, almost all the IT, accounting and HR folks have left. The law firm industry is very challenged right now and the global managing partner at K&L Gates seems to be grasping at straws.
Credit (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh PA – April 15, 2013
The firm continues to grow and merge and at the same time does not provide a cost of living raise to the employees nor has the employees received pay raise or bonus for a few years. The management continues to point their finger at the economy. It is a prime example of Corporate Greed!