Kirkland & Ellis LLP Employee Reviews

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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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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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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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Big Law
Litigation Department Project Assistant (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 25, 2013
The support staff (senior legal assistants) were timid around the attorneys; however, some Senior PAs were quick to take credit for a project not completed by them or to throw you under the bus if something is amiss. The culture seemed very cut-throat; there was no professional mingling between attorneys and support staff (support staff were afraid of the attorneys!). Otherwise, the company (no matter the circumstance) teaches you more than you think about yourself (career goals, tolerance, etc.).
Pros
excellent benefits package, overtime
Cons
overtime (schedule varied by day), training sessions
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Data base and research
Case Assistant (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CASeptember 7, 2018
I would run data base searches as instructed by my manager and assist in tagging documents and making sure to bill for all hours worked and assisted in trial prep.
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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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General Litigation Overview
Intellectual Property Litigation Project Assistant (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJanuary 22, 2014
Normal day of work would consist of multiple projects at a time, such as coordinating deposition preparation materials for associates and partners. Continuing to maintain several logs and calendars, daily and to update per the request of senior legal assistants and circulate to entire team.
Worked as part of a large team on one of the largest cases in firm history, which was very trying and difficult at times. It was important to keep up team morale and focus, in order to deal with the long, late hours.
A great deal of travel was required, which was interesting and exciting but also very difficult to maintain relationships, outside of work. The relationships that I made through the company were great ones, both professionally and personally.
Pros
Free breakfast daily, at the office and at travel sites.
Cons
On-call required but compensation wasn't as much as it should have been.
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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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Professional
Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 3, 2015
Dependable, professional environment, offering very good compensation and benefits. However, the firm is flat, so there is very little room for advancement, unless someone in a higher position leaves. There also doesn't seem to be much emphasis on employee development (except for the multitude of application trainings, which improve one's skills, but do not develop an employee himself). Work hours are very inflexible (9AM-5PM, and cannot be changed to, for example, 8AM-4PM). No telecommuting.
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Manager, Internal Communications
Manager, Internal Communications (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 16, 2012
Responsible for:

-- Recruited to start and manage the internal communication function for the top-tier global law firm
-- Oversaw communications for Diversity, Recruiting, Alumni Relations, Pro Bono, IT, Training & Development and
Sustainability; Worked with HR to draft all policy, benefits and compensation communication
-- Managed Kirkland’’s employer brand; Entered and won a number of workplace accolades including: Working Mother
Magazine’’s Best Law Firms for Women and the HRC’’s Award for Workplace Equality
-- Created a firm style guide; Established and enforced internal communications policies
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Excellent
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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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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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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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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Outstanding Law Firm with high standards
Conference Center Event Coordinator (Current Employee) –  ChicagoJune 17, 2015
A typical day at the office consists of meetings and/or conference calls to plan events. High volume of e-mail and phone calls are answered.
Kirkland has very high standards and I've learned so much about how to meet expectations for clients and attorneys. I have a great team and we all work well together at providing outstanding client service.
Pros
great benefits, great co-workers, overall generous Firm, overtime
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Outstanding place to work
Legal Secretary (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILOctober 19, 2015
Excellent working environment, salary and benefits
The most enjoyable part of my job was traveling with the legal team
Awesome working relationship with partners to whom I was assigned
Training available for anyone wanting to learn more in order to enhance their skills and prepare for promotions
Pros
Free continental breakfast for staff
Cons
None
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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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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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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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Productive, long hours
Word Processor (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 8, 2015
Support staff is compensated well
Great compensation; Great training
Very generous bonuses
Excellent group of colleagues and attorneys
Compensation for overtime and flextime.
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