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Updated May 9, 2014

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3.3 32 reviews

76% Approve of the CEO

Freshfields CEO Ted Burke

Ted Burke

(17 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fails to deliver on what it promises - and it promises a lot

    (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly people, good pay, collegiate feel, fantastic reputation in the legal sector, the London office has a good central location.

    ConsVery hard to get to know people as you are partitioned in small offices of 2 or 3 individuals. Promises challenge and intellectual stimulation, but in my case has failed to deliver this. It's all about who you know, but it's almost impossible to get to know people. The office is very quiet and some days you hardly see anyone at all. I do not feel my skills and abilities are being used fully and as a result I am currently unsatisfied. I also cannot see a route for promotion for me as there is nowhere for me to go. Frustrated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe firm promises much, but the reality is slow and plodding. Reality needs to step in earlier. IT is awfully outdated and incredibly slow - so much so it hampers your ability to work. Be honest with people. Share work. Don't keep contacts and relationships to yourselves, be generous with others so we can all work together. At the moment it's very "that's MY person, I work with them, so you can't".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dull and hierarchical

    Marketing (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsWell paid, good benefits and a lot of talented lawyers.

    ConsSupport service staff varied greatly in quality and too much politics.
    Long hours culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour lawyers are being let down by an antiquated management style.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unresponsive and unimaginative

    (Former Employee)

    ProsLaid back office environment
    Free gym facilities

    Minimum 100 words required, so just filling up space here as there is nothing else to say in this section to be completely honest.

    ConsEx-lawyers are fast-tracked to management positions in HR, posts they have no business holding
    Heads-of-departments and managers are unable to manage or connect with team members
    Ideas for improvement are ignored unless you are well liked

    All in all: an inward looking firm in a competitive space; not a sustainable mind set or business model

    Advice to Senior ManagementSort all of the above out - ability alone should be the driver for promotions, not likeability
    COO - check that he has enough to do - he is alienating your staff one email rant at a time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst experience of my life

    Associate (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    Pros-decent compensation
    -good people (ie. other associates) to work with

    Cons-very unsupportive partners and environment
    -extremely long hours (even by law firm standards)
    -unfriendly environment for women

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice experience withing international law firm

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Brussels (Belgium)

    ProsThe projects are always challenging, the athmosphere is good inbetween departments, friendly colleagues

    ConsPolitics are too difficult to follow, HR support is not as good as it should be, huge clash between staff and fee earners.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the clash between staff and fee earners

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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