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Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    friendly attorneys and staff, great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    made to feel welcome right away, office administrator sets positive tone for office, partners appreciate the staff, and HR seems to care about morale

    Cons

    nothing to serious that wouldn't exist to some degree at every law firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe the home office can connect more with the US offices

  2.  

    Great firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allen & Overy

    Pros

    Wonderful team, challenging work, strong compensation

    Cons

    London centric culture, long hours

  3.  

    Great potential, poorly managed on the marketing side

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and vacation time, interesting work and opportunities for international collaboration.

    Cons

    The New York business development director is extremely catty. Promotions and compensation are based on his arbitrary scale - which favors men. The office tends to have a bully culture with very little respect for one's personal life and you are expected to work overnights, weekends and holidays at the whim of any partner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A&O global is as strong as the sum of its parts. Excellent place to work for its global possibilities...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Incredible 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.

    Cons

    Allen & 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 ManagementAdvice

    To 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Squandered Potential

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allen & Overy

    Pros

    Great company to work for. People are very driven - they work incredibly hard and long hours but the work seems rewarding, working on the largest corporate deals for some of the most prominent companies in the world. Great facilities at work - on site gym and health facilities along with doctors, dentists, restaurants etc.

    Cons

    Obviously the hours are fairly brutal - also some teams can be fairly hierarchical with little work delegated to junior members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more responsibility to junior members of teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Allen & Overy

    Pros

    Values and people excellent. Overall leadership and aims excellent - individually in certain departments poor

    Cons

    Management structure poor. No opportunity for growth and newer managers very bad at extending interstingopportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow growth. Don't give lip service to objectives and aims. Recognise talent more efficiently

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people but no where to go or develop - Belfast

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    Current Employee - Business Services in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Services in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pool of talented people. Lovely modern building. Good non monetary perks - monthly free drinks and christmas and summer parties.

    Cons

    No where to grow or develop. Flat structure. Below market rate of pay. new staff are thrown in the deep end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at attrition and see what can be done to increase morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An excellent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff policies at A&O are the best. my career started with A&O and at an excellent position now. People are well cared for in every way.

    Cons

    Cannot think of one. The development path for support staff should be a bit more clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    hard work but enjoyable place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allen & Overy

    Pros

    very professional company, talented people

    Cons

    demanding work but not excessively

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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