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Updated Jul 26, 2014

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3.8 27 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Allen & Overy Managing Partner Wim Dejonghe

Wim Dejonghe

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73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A&O global is as strong as the sum of its parts. Excellent place to work for its global possibilities...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIncredible global organization with limitless resources. Management at global level very forward thinking, very business savvy. Business solutions provided to clients are innovative and cutting edge. Excellent training for employees from fee earners to staff. Truly a global and virtual environment. Working with people from every ethnic and cultural background thinkable. Very enriching experience. Most alumnus are very proud of their time at the firm. Myself included.

    ConsAllen & Overy's brand diluted through the lateral hire of professionals from US firms. Also, the divide between the US law group v. the rest of the firm hurts the firm. No work-life balance. Very few women in key posts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo Global: you should be proud. To NY: You may manage a Magic circle firm globally but domestically you are still not scratching the surface. It's not the lack of intelligence roaming your halls. Perhaps old blood amongst staff and partners. Time to refresh. Think global not NY. Also, think about finding professional support from Americans with international experience. If they can relate to your highly international fee earners better, they would probably work better and be of greater value.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Squandered Potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOverall very nice people, approachable; casual environment; solid benefits

    ConsSupport staff has no growth potential; weak training initiatives; no guidance for fee earners regarding office work practices

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement tends to get bogged down in administrivia rather than focusing on peoples' strengths and efficiencies. Middle management has in recent years gotten stuck in self-justification routines rather than finding the most effective ways to enable their staff to excel.

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

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    Varied - rather 'us and them' (support dept being the 'them')

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible working, opportunities to move within the business, some excellent colleagues who are experts in some pretty niche fields

    ConsMinimal development opportunity or structure on personal and professional level, though this probably varies considerably from one dept to another. Middle managers sometimes lack real managerial aptitude, and get to their positions by virtue of being in the right place at the right time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your support staff and give some transparency and structure to their development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGenerally speaking, everyone is nice to work with.

    ConsSub-par compensation when compared with US firms. Some sub-par people, quality wise.

     

    "A&O Belfast LLP" - Avoid & Obviate Belfast Limited Life Place

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent IT systems, work stations, office coffee machines & balcony area.

    ConsLong OT hours, low pay & no direction from management/ "blame staff" culture with line/ senior managers. High turnover of staff & no appreciation for ANY work carried out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect everyone in the office & try promote career development for ALL members of staff (not just a select few)

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    lovely working place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat resturant for lunch and dinner, friendly staff, secuirty are friendly and always willing to help if they can.

    Conshard to go further in my area as its security

    Advice to Senior Managementtry get the vending machines to work on weekends

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

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    The best environment for growth for a legal professional

    Lawyer, 2nd-Year (Current Employee)

    ProsVery interesting work
    Generally approachable colleagues, very good relationships throughout the ranks
    Focus on professional developments
    Outstanding remuneration

    ConsLong hours at peek periods (which is more of a industry con in general)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sausage machine.... Good pay, but you are just a number...

    Associate (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThe quality of work is good - good cases and good clients because of the reputation that the firm has. There are also some great people especially in the offices outside London who are such a pleasure to work with.

    ConsThe firm does not value its people. Certainly when you are at a more junior level you are viewed as disposable. This has led to a high level of churn. There is also amongst some partners a real contempt for (at worst) or lack of interest in (at best) others. This means that the firm fails to get the best from its people. There is also too much of a tendency to rest on laurels and discourage entrepreneurialism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would encourage the firm to invest more in the talent it has. The recent trend to commodify its people especially in the London office has created significant dissatisfaction and left many people in the position where as soon as something better comes up, they would rather leave. It is important that this is tackled. Otherwise you will create more and more resentment within the business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible place to work

    IT Analyst (Former Employee) Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsGood salary and over time

    ConsToo demanding and had to fight over taken a holiday

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are not robots

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGreat Lawyers and Partners. The know their employees well and value them

    Consnon qualified IT personnel in Hong Kong / Singapore

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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