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Good experience but not for longterm

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

I have been working at Clifford Chance US

Pros

Good experience, learn new skills

Cons

No work life balance but that is expected

Recommends
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Clifford Chance US

  1.  

    Incredible international experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate (Mid-level to Senior)  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate (Mid-level to Senior) in New York, NY

    I worked at Clifford Chance US

    Pros

    If you want to travel the world doing international work, this is the firm for you. It truly is an integrated global platform where attorneys around the world work together on client relationships. This is not so at US based biglaw firms. You will sleep with your blackberry under your pillow in order to respond to emails from China, but you will be involved in cutting edge work.

    The attorneys are not only smart, but worldly and and interesting too.

    Cons

    The massive lay-offs in 2008 destroyed morale. They seemed to be completely random and attorneys were scratching their heads as to why certain associates were spared. On top of this, US litigation partners took off in droves. With the lay-offs and partner departures, US litigation department shrank from approx 90 attorneys to a skeleton crew of approx 5 (they are now trying to rebuild). During all of this, US management continued to call associate meetings to reassure associates that everything was fine and the future looked great.

    Do not go here for pure litigation experience. You will not get any experience. You will only draft briefs. But the investigations group (in DC), which is part of litigation, is great. NY and DC work together on investigations, which are conducted around the world.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Job Insecurity while Maintaining Employment

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

    I have been working at Clifford Chance US

    Pros

    The pay is in the median range for other law firms of this size. Profit sharing is good. Vacation time generous. Management willing to be flexible with scheduling.

    Cons

    The firm has gone through multiple rounds of layoffs and nobody is ever quite certain there won't be another one. No recognition for a job well done but this may be an industry standard. Firm has cut back so much financially in an effort to boost partner bonuses that the environment is negative. Holiday parties are minimal. Annual bonuses are stagnant. Pay increases were frozen for a year, then we were given a small percentage the following year. Workload is oppressive at times since so many people were let go. This Firm has a history of managment sticking their heads in the sand in an effort to keep their vulnerable jobs. (Out of sight, out of mind I guess.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just smile and nod your head when an employee has a valid complaint and seeks resolution. The problems will not go away by ignoring them and you're just making your loyal employees feel unappreciated. And yes, financial compensation goes a long way to prove how appreciative you are since the words are rarely spoken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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