Clayton Utz Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. "Big Law" and all that comes with it - the largest deals, the headline projects and the hours to match

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work with the best in the profession on the most significant matters around the country

    Cons

    Suffers the same issues as any large law firm and is saddled with an entrenched culture of traditionalism (though admittedly management is making a very public effort to overturn this)

    Advice to Management

    Market differentiation requires delivery both externally and internally. A better offering to clients cannot be achieved without making a better offering to staff in order to retain the talent to service those clients at the desired/required level. Offering clients more and staff less is only going to result in poor service levels and loss of good lawyers.

  2. The good and the Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Clayton Utz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The social culture here is positive they offer the availability of team sports, staff drinks after work every two weeks, with a theme every four weeks, there are subsidies for gyms. The people are reasonably friendly in most of the teams. Work life balance is reasonable -- you can take up to two years off without pay if you want a career break.

    Cons

    If you're not in the legal team, you're a cost centre and therefore you're just not worth as much to the company. If you're not an ex-lawyer, it's hard to advance in the other positions as you'll never quite understand enough about the legal team...

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the staff to promote retention.

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