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Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:59 pm

Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:26 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:19 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:36 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
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Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?


Yes. I would go pretty much anywhere else that pays market before I would go to Akin. It is hard to put into words how miserable the Dallas office culture is, though the litigation group is a touch better than corporate from a culture perspective.

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:36 am

Anonymous User wrote:
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Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?


I wouldn’t say that is what the anon was doing. You are asking for info in a vacuum, and maybe someone just feels like providing that, but obviously the more interesting question for everyone not you is compared to what.

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:15 am

I agree - it is relative to your other offers. That said, I have friends who have worked there and don’t have favorable reviews.

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:57 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?


Just FYI, when you start a post titled "tell me what you know!!" and then people ask follow-up questions and provide general responses/advice, it is polite to follow up and answer their questions or thank them for the feedback.

That being said, if Akin Gump Dallas is your only offer, I would take it, but, in my opinion, it is a terrible place to work, and they've already lost three associates to Kirkland Dallas (including a litigation associate).

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby foregetaboutdre » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:06 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?


Just FYI, when you start a post titled "tell me what you know!!" and then people ask follow-up questions and provide general responses/advice, it is polite to follow up and answer their questions or thank them for the feedback.

That being said, if Akin Gump Dallas is your only offer, I would take it, but, in my opinion, it is a terrible place to work, and they've already lost three associates to Kirkland Dallas (including a litigation associate).


Lol this sounds like something HB would say ;)

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:11 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?


Just FYI, when you start a post titled "tell me what you know!!" and then people ask follow-up questions and provide general responses/advice, it is polite to follow up and answer their questions or thank them for the feedback.

That being said, if Akin Gump Dallas is your only offer, I would take it, but, in my opinion, it is a terrible place to work, and they've already lost three associates to Kirkland Dallas (including a litigation associate).


My apologies. Thank you for your response. What gives you the impression that it is a terrible place to work? I wouldn't take a "terrible place to work" job so I kind of just want to know what people think of Akin in a vacuum if that makes sense.

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I agree - it is relative to your other offers. That said, I have friends who have worked there and don’t have favorable reviews.


I don't want it to be relative to other offers, so I'd prefer just general impressions of Akin. My goal isn't to go somewhere where I'm counting the days until I can leave. That's no way to live IMO. So, just hoping for general opinions about Akin.

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?


I wouldn’t say that is what the anon was doing. You are asking for info in a vacuum, and maybe someone just feels like providing that, but obviously the more interesting question for everyone not you is compared to what.


I'm asking for the information in a vacuum because that's exactly what I want. I want to find a job that I can see myself in long term and a place that is oppressive and generally shitty to work is not somewhere I'd want to choose no matter what other options were on the table.

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:48 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?


Just FYI, when you start a post titled "tell me what you know!!" and then people ask follow-up questions and provide general responses/advice, it is polite to follow up and answer their questions or thank them for the feedback.

That being said, if Akin Gump Dallas is your only offer, I would take it, but, in my opinion, it is a terrible place to work, and they've already lost three associates to Kirkland Dallas (including a litigation associate).


Because I worked there and hated it. It is hard to describe how truly depressing the office is, but it really is. There is something so demotivating about being there - none of the Dallas partners seem to be invested, and the associates pick up on that. The partners for the most part also have little to no power and those that do are too old to care, which makes for a crummy environment. Over half the Corp work comes from NY or DC. The Lit group is still better but the attrition there is still shocking. I would avoid at all costs if I were you. Unless it was my only offer. When I was there, there were THREE lateral associates who started at the firm and left to go back where they came from within three months of starting (one after four weeks and one moved his entire family and 8 month pregnant wife BACK to Houston to escape).

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:58 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?


Just FYI, when you start a post titled "tell me what you know!!" and then people ask follow-up questions and provide general responses/advice, it is polite to follow up and answer their questions or thank them for the feedback.

That being said, if Akin Gump Dallas is your only offer, I would take it, but, in my opinion, it is a terrible place to work, and they've already lost three associates to Kirkland Dallas (including a litigation associate).


Because I worked there and hated it. It is hard to describe how truly depressing the office is, but it really is. There is something so demotivating about being there - none of the Dallas partners seem to be invested, and the associates pick up on that. The partners for the most part also have little to no power and those that do are too old to care, which makes for a crummy environment. Over half the Corp work comes from NY or DC. The Lit group is still better but the attrition there is still shocking. I would avoid at all costs if I were you. Unless it was my only offer. When I was there, there were THREE lateral associates who started at the firm and left to go back where they came from within three months of starting (one after four weeks and one moved his entire family and 8 month pregnant wife BACK to Houston to escape).


This is helpful. Thank you!

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Re: Akin Gump Dallas —tell me what you know!!

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:29 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Face time requirements? Telecommuting? Leaving at a decent time? Weekend work? What are the norms in this office? I’m considering an offer but don’t want to start my career off on the wrong foot when I know I’m looking for somewhere humane (for biglaw). Oh and I’m doing litigation.


Do you have any other offers?


This sounds suggestive that I should avoid if possible. Was that your intention?


Just FYI, when you start a post titled "tell me what you know!!" and then people ask follow-up questions and provide general responses/advice, it is polite to follow up and answer their questions or thank them for the feedback.

That being said, if Akin Gump Dallas is your only offer, I would take it, but, in my opinion, it is a terrible place to work, and they've already lost three associates to Kirkland Dallas (including a litigation associate).


Because I worked there and hated it. It is hard to describe how truly depressing the office is, but it really is. There is something so demotivating about being there - none of the Dallas partners seem to be invested, and the associates pick up on that. The partners for the most part also have little to no power and those that do are too old to care, which makes for a crummy environment. Over half the Corp work comes from NY or DC. The Lit group is still better but the attrition there is still shocking. I would avoid at all costs if I were you. Unless it was my only offer. When I was there, there were THREE lateral associates who started at the firm and left to go back where they came from within three months of starting (one after four weeks and one moved his entire family and 8 month pregnant wife BACK to Houston to escape).


Just to be clear, you wouldn't say people are jumping ship because they feel like they're being overworked or mistreated would you? From your description it doesn't sound like it's a sweatshop and that's why people are leaving and that's my primary concern. I would really like to have time for other priorities in my life and don't want to be somewhere where that would be impossible to attain. Can you say anything about telecommuting and the face time requirement in the office?



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