Freshfields Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Great people, not so great management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The attorneys are brilliant and the work is exciting.

    Cons

    Management has been re-structuring the firm and the results have not been positive.


  2. High quality work and attorneys.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Freshfields

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are working with the best and the brightest attorneys on high profile domestic and international cases. The firm supports traveling to other offices and encourages attorneys to work for extended periods abroad in another Freshfields' office.

    Cons

    As with any other law firm, the hours can be tough and the stress level high.


  3. Great Firm to Work for, not the best opportunity for promotion.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY

    I have been working at Freshfields

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    20 Vacation days, 2 float days, 6 sick days Health Care paid for by the firm Great New Offices at 601 Lexington Pretty laid back atmosphere at most part Firm pays 1/3 of your yearly gym membership (support staff only)

    Cons

    Poor Pay Rises (so negotiate a good rate when you start) Poor Bonuses (not paid on performance paid equally across the firm) No real annual appraisal process

    Advice to Management

    Provide support staff with a good carreer path and more of an opportunity to grow


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  5. Hard work but good experience

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Freshfields full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience meeting a wide variety of people. Will provide a well respected entry on anyone's CV. They offer a good benefits package offering many options.

    Cons

    You are expected to stay late on a fairly regular basis and there isn't really time for training or personal development.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Paralegal

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freshfields full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - good name for your Resume

    Cons

    - NO prospects for paralegal


  7. Employee benefits are great!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Freshfields as an intern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was at freshfields on a paid internship and they were amazing. Employee benifitits are great ie pub of the months, huge Xmas parties, SCOFF events etc Taught me loads in terms of training. Super friendly staff

    Cons

    Wasn't there long enough to see any cons. Really did enjoy everything about freshfields


  8. Great place, just not for me.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training is second to none and offers plenty of opportunity for those people wishing to carve out a career in high-profile top tier corporate and commercial law. Just turns out that I am not one of those people.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is generally poor and despite efforts to remedy it, the concept of 'face time' is certainly alive and well. Sometimes it feels like quantity rather than quality is what gets the brownie points. Having said that, this is likely to be the case in all serious city firms.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Brilliant training; high standards.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very hard-working and diligent colleagues at all levels. The firm gets the best work with some interesting clients. Brilliant training, both formal and informal, as a trainee solicitor. Good post-qualification prospects. Training contract is structured along three-month seats which allows one to see more of a variety of different departments than other firms with their six-month seats. Secondments are varied and interesting.

    Cons

    The hours are not as bad as people assume, but they are unpredictable which is annoying. One can easily slip into a habit of not making mid-week plans on the assumption you won't make them but find you do get out a decent time. When you are beasted, firm is generally appreciative. Pay could be better compared to some competitors but it is by no means poor. Benefits tend to make up shortfall in salary.

    Advice to Management

    Would be good to see more of the "slog" work assigned to trainees (e.g. document review, due diligence) being assigned to paralegals or outsourced. Would also be good to give trainees smaller clients/projects and allow trainees more autonomy to run them.


  10. OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freshfields full-time

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

    Pros

    High profile, prestigious, top-notch clients

    Cons

    long hours, can be boring


  11. Good company culture, where your contribution is appreciated and plenty of opportunities to develop skills.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Event Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Event Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Freshfields as a contractor (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good working environment where people tend to appreciate your hard work. Company has a positive reputation in the community. Great location in the heart of Fleet Street.

    Cons

    Pay is not as high for business services staff as it's competitors. Need to allow for more permanent staff positions in business services teams as there is too much contract staff turnover.



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