Freshfields

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Freshfields Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
37 Reviews
3.6
37 Reviews
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  1.  

    A good company to have on your resume

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freshfields

    Pros

    Good training, high profile work

    Cons

    Management not good, culture in local office is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look after your support staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Organization, great people !

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Paralegal in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great facilities, great people around, opportunity for good professional projection, the location and the building are perfect. The kind of projects we get involved is always challenging and interesting. The facilities are great there is a gym in the basement free and only for the employees furthermore the restaurant is amazing too; the quality and variety of the food is great.

    Cons

    long hours of work, very competitive and work at weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place, just not for me.

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    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor

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

    Pros

    Training is second to none and offers plenty of opportunity for those people wishing to carve out a career in high-profile top tier corporate and commercial law. Just turns out that I am not one of those people.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is generally poor and despite efforts to remedy it, the concept of 'face time' is certainly alive and well. Sometimes it feels like quantity rather than quality is what gets the brownie points. Having said that, this is likely to be the case in all serious city firms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Brilliant training; high standards.

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    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very hard-working and diligent colleagues at all levels. The firm gets the best work with some interesting clients. Brilliant training, both formal and informal, as a trainee solicitor. Good post-qualification prospects. Training contract is structured along three-month seats which allows one to see more of a variety of different departments than other firms with their six-month seats. Secondments are varied and interesting.

    Cons

    The hours are not as bad as people assume, but they are unpredictable which is annoying. One can easily slip into a habit of not making mid-week plans on the assumption you won't make them but find you do get out a decent time. When you are beasted, firm is generally appreciative. Pay could be better compared to some competitors but it is by no means poor. Benefits tend to make up shortfall in salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be good to see more of the "slog" work assigned to trainees (e.g. document review, due diligence) being assigned to paralegals or outsourced. Would also be good to give trainees smaller clients/projects and allow trainees more autonomy to run them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fails to deliver on what it promises - and it promises a lot

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, good pay, collegiate feel, fantastic reputation in the legal sector, the London office has a good central location.

    Cons

    Very hard to get to know people as you are partitioned in small offices of 2 or 3 individuals. Promises challenge and intellectual stimulation, but in my case has failed to deliver this. It's all about who you know, but it's almost impossible to get to know people. The office is very quiet and some days you hardly see anyone at all. I do not feel my skills and abilities are being used fully and as a result I am currently unsatisfied. I also cannot see a route for promotion for me as there is nowhere for me to go. Frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm promises much, but the reality is slow and plodding. Reality needs to step in earlier. IT is awfully outdated and incredibly slow - so much so it hampers your ability to work. Be honest with people. Share work. Don't keep contacts and relationships to yourselves, be generous with others so we can all work together. At the moment it's very "that's MY person, I work with them, so you can't".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Trainee solicitor

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    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent work and colleagues.

    Cons

    Brutal working hours and very poor work life balance.

  8.  

    Really tough and thoroughly unrewarding both professionally and personally but for the idion, what does not kill you ...

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    Former Employee - Banking Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Banking Lawyer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on huge international deals - very good for the CV.
    Opportunity to gain first class technical skills.
    Exposure to wide varied massive corporate clientelle.
    Some good pro bono opportunities.

    Cons

    Treated like an expendable machine part, chewed up and spat out - unless on very specific career development path of the highly revered few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees with the respect they deserve and don't 'manage them out' by wearing them down with increasing hours and diminishing respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Dull and hierarchical

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

    I worked at Freshfields full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well paid, good benefits and a lot of talented lawyers.

    Cons

    Support service staff varied greatly in quality and too much politics.
    Long hours culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your lawyers are being let down by an antiquated management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freshfields full-time

    Pros

    High profile, prestigious, top-notch clients

    Cons

    long hours, can be boring

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    awful

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

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

    Pros

    intelligent co-workers, great on the cv, top deals

    Cons

    management couldn't care less about the prospects of associates/stress levels/enormous working hours and the attrition rate is extremely high for associates - almost no chance of making partner and even if you do - they have forcefully removed huge numbers of equity partners some of whom are still there and angry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    greed is not necessarily good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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