Kirkland & Ellis LLP Employee Reviews

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Lawyer (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJune 12, 2018
For more than 100 years, Kirkland has provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counseling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service.
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3.0
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Productive and Fast paced
General Services Assistant (Current Employee) –  300 N. Lasalle St.June 11, 2018
Typical was smooth. Clock in and did the mail rounds and delivered packages. I learning about various shipping methods and standards. It was a pretty easy job. Had a lot of fun at the christmas parties and family day events
Pros
Events
Cons
No advancement opportunities
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5.0
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Great place to work
Applications Engineer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 3, 2018
Kirkland & Ellis is, in my opinion, the finest law firm in Chicago.
There are many challenges in a typical day at Kirkland but with the best talent in the IT industry around you it's a opportunity to learn and grow.
I learned that while you're expected to be responsible for your assignments you need to be at the ready to assist your teammates, legal staff and partners at a moments notice.
Management is approachable and listens to their people, responding to ideas and open to various ways of completing assignments.
The hardest part of the job was the late night on-call assignments where you have to roll out of bed and be at your best.
The best part of the job was working with and for some of the kindest, most compassionate, and highly-intelligent individuals I've ever had the pleasure to call my colleagues.
Pros
Free gym, flexible management and excellent compensation
Cons
Intense work environment
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Fun place to work at
Records Assistant (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 22, 2018
All the people there are very respectful. Your team members treat like family & everybody works as one not like we’re in competition with one another. Team work makes the dream work! Great workplace they are very loyal to their employees
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Poor management
Director, Attorney Recruiting and Development (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 17, 2018
The DC office of Kirkland & Ellis lacked leadership and the office director of administration lacked people skills and was a very poor manger. The culture used to be great and then went down hill.
Pros
Colleagues were great.
Cons
Poor management and caring about employees.
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4.0
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Great Place to work
Legal Practice Assistant (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 9, 2018
Worked many years, because it's filled with diversity and a great place. Good NY managers. Great training program. Wish they had more advancement for staff.
Pros
Free Breakfast and employee events
Cons
Not much advancement for staff
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Good Training but Competitive and Cut throat
Attorney (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 6, 2018
Pros:

Top Notch Clients
Good attorney training
Good reputation


Cons:

Hard to find colleagues.
Attorneys are competitive with each other. This includes partner to partner. Partner to associate and associate to associate.
Poor team work or collaboration.
Favoritism pervades.
Corporate culture.
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I enjoyed working for Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Legal Secretary (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 7, 2018
During my employment at Kirkland & Ellis LLP I had the opportunity of working in various law practices affording me the opportunity to advance my performance in more than one law practice.
Pros
Job advancement in law practices
Cons
Wished I could have stayed on with Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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Lots of turnover
Legal Practice Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 20, 2017
There was always a lot of changes in staffing going on at all times. Changes with the attorneys and support staff. Very good training programs were offered.
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4.0
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Professional management, high expectations
Litigation Support Specialist II (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 26, 2017
Management treats staff fairly
Performance expectations are high, but well rewarded
Tough deadlines often result in long hours
Good culture
Work is interesting
Pros
Good compensation and professional environment
Cons
weekend and holiday overtime
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5.0
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Productive and well organize
A/P Clerk (Former Employee) –  Grand Ave, Downtown Los Angekes, CASeptember 21, 2017
Worked under lest supervision, dress professionally, attendance good, worked good under pressure, meet deadlines, very accurate, get along with everyone work as a team, help others where needed when necessary if ask by supervisor, handle work load very professinally
Pros
Bring own food for lunch
Cons
Healthcare, 1 he break
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Great opportunity for advancement
Legal Secretary - Litigation (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 2, 2017
Very fast-paced environment with opportunity to learn the ins and outs of litigation, especially in State Court. Very good firm if you are interested in transactional work.
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4.0
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A good place to work
Support Staff (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCJuly 26, 2017
Kirkland is a good place to work with many opportunities for those looking to advance their careers. The culture is typical of Big Law, but you are working with very talented people.
Pros
Great people
Cons
Work life balance
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4.0
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nice place to work
Manager (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 11, 2017
Kirkland and Ellis was a good place to work. I have no complaints. the people i worked with were nice people. Upper management seemed to be very nice and concerned with the employees that reported to them
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Tough place to work
Staff (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 2, 2017
You are required to work hard with little direction. There is no clear career path and seemingly no interest in offering professional development for staff.
Pros
free breakfast
Cons
no clear career path
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Hard work rewarded
Litigation Attorney (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJune 15, 2017
This is a swim or drown type of company, you need to make sure you really want to practice law at the highest levels before working here. Working with the smartest and most driven people.
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5.0
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Great place to work!
Assistant to Senior Corporate Partners (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 30, 2017
Kirkland is a great place to work. Wonderful people to work with; accommodating with work/life balance; good job security; Compensation/Benefits could be better.
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Demanding IT department - No Work/Life Balance
Messagin Engineer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 24, 2017
Kirkland has one of the most talented IT departments I have ever worked for. There is opportunity to learn all the latest and greatest technologies here because Kirkland has a leading edge IT organization. However, since it's a law firm, it's very demanding because the goal is perfection and nothing less. Working 12 to 14 hour days is not uncommon. However, the compensation is off the charts and may justify not having a life with your family. The managers are supportive of their team members, especially when things are going well. A typical day starts and ends with constant fires that have to be distinguished. The best part of your day is that there is always something to do. Some managers are more demanding than others. They have to push their team so all the metrics they are measured against are met / or exceeded. The most enjoyable part of working here is the diverse group of people you get to spend time with in the trenches. You develop some great friendships as you work with all the cross-functional teams to get work done.
Pros
Always something to do...never run out of work.
Cons
Family life suffers because you have to continue working once you get home
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Interesting Environment to work in
Billing Associate (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 11, 2017
Work environment is very cut throat and discriminatory. There is barely a work/life balance. Managers and Supervisors are not encouraging to team members.
Pros
Great benefits
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K&E's job culture is very rigid and elitist.
Legal Secretary - Corporate (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 8, 2017
K&E hiring practice discourage hiring of older applicants. Management prefers to hire young, new graduates that they can pay less. They often replace seasoned K&E employees with these new hires.
Pros
Free breakfast.
Cons
Strict working environment.
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