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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

9.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2019)
"Dynamic. A private equity powerhouse."
8.9 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.4 / 10
6.9 / 10
9.0 / 10
8.1 / 10
Pro Bono
9.0 / 10


  • Trainees are given a lot of responsibility and high-quality work early on.
  • Salaries are seen as being top of the market compared to other firms.
  • Retention rates at the firm have historically been very strong.
  • The flat hierarchy and approachable supervisors make asking questions very easy.


  • Hours are often unpredictable and may be especially demanding during busy times.
  • There could be more flexibility regarding seat moves.
  • Some trainees would like to have more secondment opportunities.
  • Some trainees feel like they have been thrown in at the deep-end.

What insiders say about...

"The firm tends to recruit from Russell Group universities. I would advise potential..."

"The culture of the office is exceptional. The only downside is that it requires a..."

"The training programme, whilst new, is extensive and very well planned. Understanding..."

"Each of my supervisors has been fantastic and interested in how I develop as a trainee,..."

"The office is pretty cool and the facilities are great. Support departments really..."

"Hours are naturally very unpredictable. Core hours would be 9-7 but can be more and..."

"The salary is standard for a trainee in the City."

"Free breakfasts are provided."

"When I applied there was only one round of interviews, which consisted of four consecutive..."

"Why Kirkland? Why not another firm? The questions are more about 'fit' than technical..."

"We have recycling bins and a few posters about being green but there's not much emphasis..."

"There are events on women's leadership. I myself am from an ethnic minority background..."

"I have been able to work on some of the most interesting matters in my area and get..."

"I've already done 30 hours of pro bono this year and am encouraged to do as much..."

"High levels of responsibility, team work and flexibility."

"Working unpredictable hours is tough."

"I was impressed by its market reputation."

"Retention rates are very strong at the firm."

"Our New York office is used for external shots of the US TV show 'Suits'."

"A busy meritocracy where hard work is rewarded."

"There could be more secondment opportunities."

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