Freshfields

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Freshfields Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
37 Reviews
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37 Reviews
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  1.  

    Exciting place to be at

    Former Employee - Presentation Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Presentation Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Freshfields as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The presentations I did for Freshfields were very well received. The lalwyers I worked with were very professional and nice.

    Cons

    I have none at this time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Clueless business service managers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freshfields

    Pros

    Lawyer's bring in the money, good location. Easy to get to. Company pays a good portion of the benefits, dedicated lawyers,

    Cons

    Clueless business service managers,foolishly spends money the lawyers bring in. Secretaries get hired and fired every two weeks, I mean don't they know how to recruit? Idiots!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all these useless managers, they are all clueless, especially the HR manager. Tech is ancient, get rid of the IT manger since he looks like he's afraid if his own shadow and get into the 21st century already!

  3.  

    Great firm to work for - friendly partners, lawyers, staff and very good training.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent training, friendly environment, hands-on work.

    Cons

    Hours can sometimes be long, but that is the nature of Big Law.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, not so great management

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The attorneys are brilliant and the work is exciting.

    Cons

    Management has been re-structuring the firm and the results have not been positive.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    High quality work and attorneys.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Freshfields

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Employee benefits are great!

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

    I worked at Freshfields as an intern

    Pros

    I was at freshfields on a paid internship and they were amazing.
    Employee benifitits are great ie pub of the months, huge Xmas parties, SCOFF events etc
    Taught me loads in terms of training.
    Super friendly staff

    Cons

    Wasn't there long enough to see any cons.
    Really did enjoy everything about freshfields

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Loved it

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

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

    Pros

    A class outfit run by genuinely decent people. I worked there for 5 years and don't have anything bad to say about the people. The London office is beautiful and the food in the staff restaurant excellent. Generally businss services can't do enough to help you. I resepcted the firm's management. The free Olympics tickets in 2012 were a ncie touch too.

    Cons

    The IT is dire - really dreadful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the IT infrastructure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to be!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freshfields

    Pros

    Very good opportunities to progress

    Cons

    Very large so hard to get to know everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Some good people, hard work

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Some of the best clients and best matters. Some of the partners are very good at what they do. Plenty of colleagues to make friends with

    Cons

    Long long hours, psychopathic partners. Some of the partners are nowhere near as clever as they think they are- really doubt they would make it today. Not many prospects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop turning a blind eye to the psychopaths and sociopaths in your ranks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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