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K&L Gates

4.0
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

K&L Gates Reviews

Based on 14 surveyed graduates working at K&L Gates. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.0
Based on 14 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent culture. I get an excellent mix of support but am provided with plenty of opportunities to extend myself and be involved on interesting matters.
  • You are free to be yourself. Your colleagues are generally open minded, laidback and non-judgmental. I feel supported in my team.
  • A collegial environment, a good group of young lawyers who have good camaraderie, smaller teams with opportunities to excel at a junior level.
  • A wide and varied range of high-quality work and the trust and autonomy to develop and apply skills.
  • The level of active involvement you have with clients and partners from day 1 and the trust the partners have in you.
  • No huge issues - perhaps could be more progressive and more generous with bonuses etc.
  • There tends to be a lack of transparency between firm policies and how they are implemented e.g. budgets and pay.
  • The hours can be a bummer.
  • No proper international secondment program despite being an international firm.
  • Lack of resources and slow administrative process.

What Insiders Say

7
Career Prospects
7
Career Prospects
There's not much transparency or information on how to move up the ranks made publicly available - onus is put on individuals to speak to their supervisors to find out paths forward.
6.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
6.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
On Global Day of Service every employee spends the day at a charity, for example, this past year the day was held at Ronald McDonald House. Pro-bono work is also encouraged and I have had the opportunity to work on pro-bono matters throughout my graduate year.
8.2
Culture
8.2
Culture
Pretty good - no huge pressure to stay back etc.
7.1
Diversity
7.1
Diversity
We have an office, national and global diversity committees.
7.9
Satisfaction
7.9
Satisfaction
I have the day-to-day carriage of litigious and non-litigious disputes on behalf of clients ranging from large multinationals to individuals. The conduct of these matters requires drafting pleadings, attending to interlocutory steps including disclosure and any applications (and making strategic decisions about these issues), conferring with barristers and experts, and preparing for and attending settlement discussions and/or trial.
7.5
Management
7.5
Management
My direct partner is always very open and honest with me regarding clients, internal matters, etc. We speak probably every 30 minutes throughout the day so very accessible and never overly demanding.
7.9
Office Work Environment
7.9
Office Work Environment
Offices and location are nice.
7.3
Recruitment
7.3
Recruitment
The online application followed by two interviews with a partner and HR. Questions about experience, interests, goals and why I want to work at the firm. Be raw, because this is an opportunity for both you and the employer to assess whether you would fit in with the culture, the team and be able to engage in the tasks and fulfil duties
6.4
Salary
6.4
Salary
Pay is low on average and does not include leave loading. Bonuses are whispered about, however, it seems difficult to get a bonus and they are not significant unless you are a senior staff member. They have their preferred super fund with negotiated fees.
7.5
Training
7.5
Training
Training sessions are offered regularly, however, some managers do not allow you to go.
6.2
Work Hours
6.2
Work Hours
Every rotation has demanded different hours. Certain rotations demanded more than others but the extra hours were necessary to complete the work and I received recognition for the hours worked.
4.2
Sustainability
4.2
Sustainability
Using recycled paper for printing a weekly collection of recycled items.