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High quality work and attorneys.

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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 Freshfields

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

You are working with the best and the brightest attorneys on high profile domestic and international cases. The firm supports traveling to other offices and encourages attorneys to work for extended periods abroad in another Freshfields' office.

Cons

As with any other law firm, the hours can be tough and the stress level high.

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  1. Great Firm to Work for, not the best opportunity for promotion.

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY

    I have been working at Freshfields

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    20 Vacation days, 2 float days, 6 sick days Health Care paid for by the firm Great New Offices at 601 Lexington Pretty laid back atmosphere at most part Firm pays 1/3 of your yearly gym membership (support staff only)

    Cons

    Poor Pay Rises (so negotiate a good rate when you start) Poor Bonuses (not paid on performance paid equally across the firm) No real annual appraisal process

    Advice to Management

    Provide support staff with a good carreer path and more of an opportunity to grow


  2. "If you're going to come here, make sure you know what you're in for...."

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    Former Employee - Trainee Solicitor/Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trainee Solicitor/Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Freshfields full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I trained and qualified at this firm before swiftly exiting stage left to greener pastures. I now work in-house as general counsel. So what are the pros? Obviously the name on the CV, a (reasonably) good salary and an impressive client roster are the three main attractions to coming here. But.....

    Cons

    ...the cons by far outweigh the pros. Here's a sample of them: - Non-existent work/life balance. Easy starter for ten which shouldn't surprise anyone - you will be working all the hours God sends. There are some American firms which might work you harder (though there are only 24 hours in a day) but they pay almost twice as much. If money is what you're after, go US. Or quit and become a banker. - For a good few years at least, you will be a little insignificant cog in a colossal machine. Which you won't understand. - The partners expect reverence at all times, even when neither their character nor ability merits it. Which is usually the case. - The work is monotonous and boring. Expect weeks of 15 hour-per-day document reviews and disclosures. Even as a senior associate. If/when you eventually make it out of here, you will quickly realise that the work does not prepare you at all to be a generally competent all-round lawyer. - The office culture is stagnant and very hierarchical. Someone is two months more qualified than you? Call them boss. Don't expect to be appreciated for your quirks and personality, they are neither required nor wanted here. All you need is a reasonably well functioning brain, an inoffensive suit and a willingness to put your work above all else. - Believe me, I could go on.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point offering advice to the management, for as long as bright young things are willing to throw themselves through the revolving doors, there is no incentive to change. Advice to people considering applying here - go in with your eyes open. The only genuine reason to offer your services is for the name on your CV. Don't go if you don't need it. If you do, make sure you're prepared to pay for it in time, friends, health and self-respect.


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