Freshfields

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Freshfields Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
34 Reviews
3.6
34 Reviews
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  1.  

    A good company to have on your resume

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freshfields

    Pros

    Good training, high profile work

    Cons

    Management not good, culture in local office is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look after your support staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fails to deliver on what it promises - and it promises a lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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 IT is awfully outdated and incredibly slow - so much so it hampers your ability to work.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".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Dull and hierarchical

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Freshfields full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your lawyers are being let down by an antiquated management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Unresponsive and unimaginative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freshfields

    Pros

    Laid 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.

    Cons

    Ex-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 ManagementAdvice

    Sort 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Worst experience of my life

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Freshfields full-time for more than a year

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice experience withing international law firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at Freshfields

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the clash between staff and fee earners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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