Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

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day there’s an opportunity to attend a training or social lunch.” • “Kramer Levin is not a face-time firm, and when it comes down to it, most attorneys prefer to go home and spend time with their families rather than socializing with each other. The firm is making an effort to bring back more social events (i.e., reinstating monthly in-house cocktail parties) and building camaraderie.” • “Kramer has a vibrant culture and people have interesting personal lives and lives outside of work. It’s a place where you can be who you are. However, there are not enough women in leadership.” Associate/Partner Relations • “I have only had good experiences with partners. They are respectful of my time, supportive of my development, and realistic in their expectations. As for transparency, in the past there has been a lack of transparency as to promotions, but the firm has taken major steps in the past year. The firm is formalizing the process, and there have been multiple meetings to update associates as to the changes.” • “Partners generally seem to be very respectful of associates. I haven’t encountered any screamers. The firm recently launched an effort to be more transparent about the promotion process and is committed to conducting annual reviews for promotion to partner (as opposed to bi-annual). The firm also reduced the hours requirement to qualify for a full bonus from 2150 to 1950, which the managing partner said came in direct response to feedback from associates that Kramer’s high hours requirement wasn’t at market. This change, and the attentiveness to associates’ concerns, was very much appreciated.” • “Partners are great to work for and have been respectful and encouraging. They appear to genuinely enjoy passing on what they know, and their skills are dazzling. Mentoring relationships tend to spring up organically, though associates can also request to be paired with a partner-mentor (sometimes those two overlap). As to transparency, it is clear the firm is trying with renewed vigor to get this right. The managing partner has been candid about the firm’s finances, about compensation, and about the firm’s performance relative to the market.” • “Partners have an open door policy. Almost all of my assignments are one-on-one with a partner.” Hours • “I generally have an appropriate amount of work, though occasionally I have too much, and less frequently, too little. Face-time is not particularly encouraged or required.” • “The amount of work is appropriate for a big law firm, without being punishing. Availability is certainly expected of everyone, but not face-time. Everyone is expected to make themselves available. Late night and evening work is expected when a case or a deal gets heavy, but not as a rule.
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