Clifford Chance

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Clifford Chance Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
32 Reviews
3.6
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good work, great people, hard work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great offices, great international prospects, first class work. Good support network and 24-hour IT assistance. Good bonuses last year.

    Cons

    Challenging hours and demanding clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opportunities for flexible working - i.e. working from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, good people to work with, Superb office. Senior management very approachable and actually listen to you, Interest free loan for travel

    Cons

    Work quite repetitive (For me anyway), not many opportunities to progress. Location (For me as I lived miles away)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on developing employees and training

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent place to start your career

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

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Collegiate peers
    Great amenities / support
    Face-time rare

    Cons

    Work hours - the downside to beating the downturn. Expect a heavily compromised social life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fabulous

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

    I worked at Clifford Chance (more than an year)

    Pros

    Global office with colleagues from different countries and walk of life.

    Cons

    Long working hours and need to upgrade IT systems and softwares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To increase interaction between management and staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A fantastic eye-opener to the world of Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions...No firm does it like Clifford Chance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Top-Tier Law firm, Quality & Depth of work, Clientele that reads like a Who's Who of the Corporate and Financial World, Global Reputation, Excellent Secretarial & Support staff, Great Office locations all over the world (especially London & Singapore)

    Cons

    Extremely demanding hours, Work-life balance issues, Peer pressure, lack of opportunities to work in different practice areas and with different lawyers, Never get to work with Partners/Senior lawyers as all work is delegated by Senior Associates / Associates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Big firm, no soul

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

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to get an excellent training and have a fantastic record on your CV - this is the firm for you. Also, the facilities are wonderful.

    Cons

    If you want a life, have a family and not have to spend all your money on therapy, move once you have finished your training. The facilities are also intelligently designed to keep you there. There is an obsession with billable hours beyond any sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and adopt a more holistic approach to your employees. The squeeze every juice out of them so they will leave early is actually a bad investment choice. What's the point of investing so much time and money on trainees and associates if you will drive the best out? Remember, the most talented and intelligent people are those that have a lot more to them as people rather than pigeoned hole lab rats. If you're looking for longevity as a firm, you need to look at what individuals can contribute overall to the firm and their overall talents - not just billable hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work but long hours

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

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, great support, the office is nice and modern, and the facilities, particularly gym, squash courts and swimming pool are great. Many "normal" people work there

    Cons

    Long hours, pretty limited prospects. When it gets busy some partners have little sympathy for things kick the need for SOME sleep.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    British Big Law

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Lawyer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High profile transactions, excellent training, great lawyers throughout the network. Secretarial support is very good and document support is pretty much available 24/7. The offices are nice and offer good facilities (i.e. canteen, gym, swimming pool). Office culture is good considering the demanding work requirements.

    Cons

    Very demanding hours. The nature of the work and demanding clientele means that lawyers need to be always available. The work/life balance isn't very good, which is typical for Magic Circle firms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Madrid (Spain)

    I worked at Clifford Chance as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Magic Circle, good career opportunities, compensation and Benefits OK.
    Interesting cases, make good contacts. The Law firm has a very strength culture and values.

    Cons

    In this kind of Law firms you wont have time for any other thing during the week, and sometimes during the weekend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the spirt

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    IT projects that never work

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

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great facilities onsite, some great people.

    Cons

    Money is poured down the drain by higher management working to their own blinkered agendas with no business benefit to most of the projects. Inept design teams create unworkable solutions that engineering teams then have to fix during implementation, usually at additional cost and delay. Political and juvenile games played by higher management, including passing the blame down the chain when it goes wrong, and hiding the mess from the business and partners through misrepresentation of the facts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and trust the experts in their fields instead of just formulating your decisions by hearing only the facts that fit into your agenda, and Gartner is not the answer to everything!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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