At Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, 85 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 484 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.12. It was published on Sep 11, 2017. 15585 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.

What They Do

We asked Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are an international law firm recognized for excellence in handling complex and challenging matters. More than 1000 lawyers strong, we practice in more than 40 distinct areas of law serving our clients' regulatory, transactional, and litigation needs.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia, 20001 US Sites: 10
Major Locations: New York, New York, 10019-9710; San Francisco, California, 94111; Los Angeles, California, 90017; Denver, Colorado, 80202; Houston, Texas, 77002; Chicago, Illinois, 60602; West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401; Silicon Valley, California, 94306 US Employees: 1,756
US Revenues: $869 million Worldwide Revenues: $927 million
Employees Worldwide: 1,881 Corporate Structure: Partnership
Founded: 1946

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer longtime employees Jacqueline Martin and Raquel Pinkney

Perks and Programs

We asked Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Women’s Leadership Initiative: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer has a Women's Leadership Initiative, which is comprised of three female partners and the Firm's Chairman, to focus on strategic efforts to ensure success for women and the Firm. Firm Management meets with the leaders of the Women's Leadership Initiative regularly to ensure they are making progress against these objectives. On at least an annual basis, the Firm Chair and the Managing Partner hold an interactive session with the women partners and counsel to exchange thoughts and ideas on how the efforts are going. The retention and advancement of women are critical to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer's long term success.
  • Adoption Payment Increase: In 2014, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer increased the Firm’s adoption payment from $5,000 to $10,000 with no lifetime maximum benefit. Their insurance coverage includes fertility treatments with a benefit up to $30,000. These benefits apply equally to attorneys and staff members, regardless of tenure with the Firm.
  • In-house Career Guidance Counselors: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer'’s in-house career guidance counselors work one-on-one with their lawyers to develop and track career goals. An attorney’s conversations with a career counselor is completely confidential.
  • Mentor Circles for Women Lawyers: In 2015, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer’s affinity group for women lawyers created mentoring circles in our Washington, DC office, which has a significant percentage of women associates. Ten to twelve associates of varying seniority levels were grouped with three or four partners and/or counsel who serve as co-leads for the circle. We currently have six mentoring circles with some circles meeting as regularly as twice a month to discuss issues relating to promotion and career advancement, work/life balance, and other timely topics. The partners and counsel have found it to be a great opportunity to connect with the women associates, and the associates have found it valuable to interact informally with more senior women outside of their practice groups.
  • On-site Children's Center: Arnold & Porter operates and subsidizes an on-site Children’s Center, in their headquarters' office, that offers full or part-time child care. When the Firm’s headquarters office moves to a new location in Washington, DC, they are expanding the Children’s Center in order to accommodate more children. Firm employees run the Center and are long tenured employees.
  • Garden Room Parties: We have a “Garden Room” in each of our offices where people can congregate at the end of the day for refreshments. In addition to the weekly activities in all of our offices, New York has beer, wine, and pizza each Thursday and Friday, DC has pizza on the first Friday of every month for all employees, London has monthly lunches, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver have weekly breakfast treats, and Brussels has wine and cheese monthly.


$94,233 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Legal Secretary $272,941 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Associate
75% Company-paid health coverage for employees 75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
75% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
At our annual service awards ceremony, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer employees cheer on their colleagues who are celebrating milestone anniversaries.


35 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 35 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
130 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 130 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (99% use it)
  • Telecommute option (5% use it)
  • Job sharing
  • Compressed work weeks (3% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (46% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Free beverages during the day Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis Take-home meals on a regular, daily basis On-site packing/mailing service Discount ticket sales Fitness Classes Car Wash Weight Watchers Meetings Personal Travel services Subsidized public transportation A Garden Room is available for social gatherings with snacks and refreshments. Each office has different daily, weekly, or monthly social events open to attorneys and staff.)


120 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 90 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
95 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take30 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
30 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*29 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$10,000 Adoption benefit120 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
90 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$75,455,245 Philanthropic donations in last year Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Chairman is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 6 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer attorneys, Dana Campos and Nicole Conner, enjoying a Garden Room party.


Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer attorneys, Allison Rumsey, Anne Davis, and Tom Milch, enjoying the view at the Eclipse Party on our rooftop deck.

How to Get Hired

We asked Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Commitment. Excellence. Innovation. If you can embrace those three words — and the values they represent — you'll fit right in at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.  We have a dynamic team of employees who value and share the firm's long-standing commitment to professional excellence, the highest ethical standards, diversity, collegiality, and community service.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

If you're committed to professional excellence, high legal and ethical standards and community service, then you could be a good fit for a role at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.  The company sees the firm as a collection of independent, diverse personalities who share a common devotion to first-class legal work and values individuality, encouraging employees to be themselves.  The work environment is spirited, open, welcoming and fast-paced, so Arnold & Porter seeks employees who thrive under those conditions.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Interested candidates are encouraged to periodically check the “Careers” section of our website to view the list of current open positions.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

The “Careers” section of our website provides detailed information regarding employment at the Firm and candidates can apply to our open positions through our online submission system.  

hiring Outlook

160 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 41% Job Growth
21 Average applicants per opening 5,263 Total job applicants
13% New hires by employee referrals 10% Openings filled by current employees
63 Recent graduates hired 9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
20% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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