Akingump Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, its largest office in Washington, D.C., is an American international law firm and the largest lobbying firm in the United States by revenue. With more than 900 attorneys, the firm has offices in Dallas, Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Houston, Irvine, Fort Worth, New York, Moscow, Philadelphia, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Legal Assistant (Former Employee) says"Despite all one's efforts there is no satisfying the women attorneys"
Counsel (Former Employee) says"I spent 4 years at Akin Gump. I came in as a mid level. There is an unwritten joke about this firm. If you throw a brick out the window in X city, you are bound to hit a former Akin Gumper. it has such a revolving door. I saw so many associates abused by partners who didnt care to the point of a nervous breakdown. The worst was the Litigation group. Plenty of cronyism, abuse of process signed off on by partners, and a very lax attitude toward compliance and ethical lawyering. I swear I saw FCPA violations being made on behalf of clients. I had a relatively benign experience and there were some good people of course but I found the place so depressing--even by BIGLAW standards. Zero transparency and a view that all associates are fungible billing units. Also bonuses were sub par and never what they told the street--it was always window dressing. Everyone's bonus was largely decided in an arbitrary manner and partners wouldnt fight for you, even if you made your numbers. In essence, look elsewhere. Unsophisticated work with people who dont care--just what you dont want in a working environment. Oh also hoarding of work by non equity partners who should have been developing work but doing glorified senior associate work--hence the trend to push out the more senior folks who were approaching partnership eligibility. Um, thank you, you can go now. Not bitter I'm in a great place and did some interesting work at times and made some good friends but overall I give the firm a 2.3 overall ."
Night Word Processor (Former Employee) says"Akin Gump Dallas is home to many of the firm’s key practices, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, investment funds, private equity, tax, litigation, intellectual property, financial restructuring, outsourcing and technology, real estate and finance and environmental."
HR Manager (Former Employee) says"Terrible supervisors and HR knew but since the terrible supervision is in HR, it is ignored. Too much to wrote here, just know there is a great revolving door at Akin Gump for a reason. Trust NO one there!! Cons: Terrible leadership even in HR!!"
staff (Former Employee) says"The benefits are great. Not an ideal place for work/life balance. Firm seems to be money focused firm. Staff are not treated equally at all. HR personnel does not seem qualified for their position. Cons: Management, Hr"
IT Support Specialist (Former Employee) says"A fast pace environment.The benefits are great! Management is not the best. Most are not fully qualified for their positions. Staff employees are just that, staff. Staff employees are not treated equally and positions are created for "favored" employees. Cons: Management, work/life balance, staff appreciation"
litigation (Former Employee) says"Bad people are kept around forever to make everyone else's life miserable. Evil selfish behavior is rewarded. Cons: backstabbing is the company sport"
Litigation Legal Assistant (Former Employee) says"Terribly, stodgy awful place to work. I was so excited to be recruited to work there. My lead supervisor had a terrible odor issue, that HR struggled to deal with adequately."
Desktop Support (Former Employee) says"Great people, great office...but if you get sick and have to end up going to the doctor quite a lot, be prepared to be let go as soon as possible. They won't fire you per se, but they will make you resign. I was diagnosed with a terminal illness while working for this company and was having to go to the doctor quite often right after I found out, and after about 2 months of this I was taken into the Human Resources department and asked to voluntarily resign at the time when I needed insurance the most...even though I still had 6 days of time off left for the year."
Operations assistant (Temp) says"I was let go after a very short time because of personal appearance. What was said to me under new 2020 California law is qualified as unlawful discrimination. Some folks were inviting some were not."
Litigation Paralegal (Current Employee) says"A typical paralegal job in which you can benefit if you use it as a stepping stone. A relatively good paralegal position in big law."
Trademark Specialist (Former Employee) says"The HR department isn't great when it comes to personal issues and not the friendliest environment, but great location to work in. Right on Dupont Circle and lots of places to grab lunch."
Receptionist (Former Employee) says"I learned a lot a from this employer. The most enjoyable part of the day was greeting the staff in the morning. My typical day included checking and cleaning conference rooms, answering the phones and scheduling conference rooms for anyone who sent an email or called."
Office (Former Employee) says"Attorneys are very confident and knowledgeable of what they want. Billing done in their system and submitted via electronic billing thru some e-billing websites. Other bills are done and e-mailed to clients by the attorneys or billers. Special projects and reports are always needed as in every firm. As in most firms year end is somewhat hectic as expected."
Director (Current Employee) says"Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's IT operation is fast paced and provides many opportunities for technical growth and development. Cons: the pace of it project delivery, at times, creates a stressful environment."
Litigation Support Technician (Former Employee) says"At the time I worked there, Akin Gump's litigation support department was consigned to the basement. We were at the bottom of the priority list for facilities, and I found them to be untenable. On the other hand, this meant that we were left alone, and could work with relatively few disturbances. Cons: Time pressure"