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helpful feedback on work product. Likewise, I have informal mentorship relationships with partners at the firm.” • “As it relates to finances generally, the firm is very transparent. But the firm implements various policies (good and bad), with no explanation or wide dispersion.” • “I have felt and seen nothing but respect coming from individual partners, though I have heard some complaints from other associates from time to time. I have not had any bad experience, personally. The firm’s decision making feels sort of like a black box, but that does not bother me particularly.” • “Individual partners treat associates very well. They rely heavily on associates and provide associates the opportunity for a lot of leadership and responsibility in their cases, since cases are usually leanly staffed. The partnership frequently engages the associates, with the partners in charge of the office hosting a town hall twice per year where they answer associates’ questions and concerns. The promotion process is not as transparent, although the firm has been made aware of this issue and appears to be taking steps to better inform associates. Performance reviews are straightforward.” Hours • “Generally speaking, I like the free-market system. I’ve liked the ability to craft my own practice and to work (or not) with people I like. I think it’s possible that people are over- or under-worked because there’s no one watching the store, but we do encourage our associates to manage their own lives as they see fit. Face-time is encouraged, of course, because Gibson is a collegial environment, but lots of us travel a lot and work from home a fair amount.” • “I think I have the right amount of work. With the free market system, you are responsible for managing your own workload, so you can decide when to take more on and when to back off if you know you have a vacation coming up. Face-time varies by practice group. Partners generally expect associates to be in the office, but I work at least one day a week from home,
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145 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP and have not run into problems. Due to the free market system, work is not as evenly distributed as it might be with an assignment coordinator. Some associates are overworked and others are not fully staffed up (usually due to pickiness about the types of cases they will take).” • “The firm ostensibly asks you to bill 1950 hours per year, although in fact many bill less than that and still get a full bonus. Pro bono hours count fully. There seems not to be any face-time requirement or even encouragement, at least not for any of the folks with whom I work. The IP group seems especially flexible about where one works, because every case is staffed across multiple offices.” • “There is always too much work and not enough lawyers.
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