Latham & Watkins Reviews

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Latham & Watkins Chair and Managing Partner Rich Trobman
Rich Trobman
39 Ratings
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  • "It’s a typical big law firm with the hours to match, but Latham has great people and the best culture of any big law firm(in 28 reviews)

  • "Great benefits good pay professional(in 24 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Very long hours and poor work-life balance(in 45 reviews)

  • "Like any big law job, huge time commitment(in 22 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Excellent company to work for

      Jul 30, 2021 - Finance 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You’re well looked after, staff are treated well and there are lots of benefits. The office is amazing. Offer flexibility and work from home

      Cons

      No cons to talk of. They do well to keep the staff happy and invest in people careers. Have only been with the firm a year so this may change in the future

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Friendly environment

      Nov 9, 2021 - Associate in London, England
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      Pros

      Good compensation, colleagues mostly very friendly

      Cons

      long hours which is standard for US law firms

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      An excellent firm

      Oct 31, 2021 - Associate in London, England
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      Pros

      Great calibre of clients and great pay

      Cons

      As with most firms you can expect some late evenings working

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Avoid if you are staff

      Sep 17, 2021 - Business Services in London, England
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      Pros

      Great people, friendly lawyers, good benefits

      Cons

      Poor management, not forward thinking. Slow to make decisions and implement change. All direction comes from US. Support departments are heavily micro-managed. Work life balance, wellbeing and inclusivity only apply to the attorney population as flexible working not currently allowed for vast majority of staff post-pandemic. To management, staff are there to serve attorneys so do not expect to be treated like a person with a life outside of the office if you work there. Your opinion does not matter. Zero flexibility, no trust, and if you are brave enough to express any views other than praise expect to be labelled as negative and be told you are lucky to even have a job. Very clear distinction between treatment of staff and lawyers in every sense of the word; made even more obvious with pandemic.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Okay but stifling

      Sep 9, 2021 - Billing Coordinator in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great pay and yearly bonuses.

      Cons

      Boring work. Too diluted and a lack of trust in employees throughout the firm. Management are too slow to react (held back by the US)

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Toxic Management

      Aug 9, 2021 - Information Technology in Manchester, England
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      Pros

      HR are employee focussed and ensure you have all the resources you need to reform your job.

      Cons

      Toxic management with bullying tactics deployed. Not the transparent forward thinking company that is portrayed. One shoe fits all model. If your face does not fit, good luck progressing. Salaries are not competitive unless you are in a management position. Working remotely is deemed a hushed subject (to the extent the firm is making it a “requirement” to return to office, even for positions that can be performed remotely).

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good

      Aug 9, 2021 - Tech Support Analyst in London, England
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      Pros

      Get to meets a wide variety of people with frequent travel options. Generally a good work balance and everyone is friendly. Good culture.

      Cons

      Often very busy with only a small team to handle workload. Lots of change and fast movements. On the whole very good.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good firm - Manchester focused

      Aug 2, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
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      Pros

      - close knit family in Manchester - lots of activities going on at lunch time - excellent summer and Christmas parties - great people to work with - opportunities to move to different departments

      Cons

      - flat structure, feels like everyone is senior now because it is so flat. - promotion opportunities are quite scarce

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      biglaw

      Jul 18, 2021 - Associate in London, England
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      Pros

      very busy good experience good pay

      Cons

      busy and stressful like any biglaw job

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good as long as you can take it

      Jun 27, 2021 - Associate in London, England
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      Pros

      Great brilliant people and salary

      Cons

      INFINITE HOURS and the pressure is awful

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