Freshfields Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. "If you're going to come here, make sure you know what you're in for...."

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trainee Solicitor/Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trainee Solicitor/Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  2. FBD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time

    Pros

    Great workplace and challenging environment

    Cons

    Huge machinery that can be a bit rigid sometimes


  3. Marketing and Business Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brand, great clients and lovely people in MBD team, operating at top of game

    Cons

    Lack of top mgmt commitment and growth ambition, moving big part of London support staff to Manchester (hundreds)

    Advice to Management

    Fix pay gaps and reduce uncertainty re locus of jobs


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  5. Hard work but good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience meeting a wide variety of people. Will provide a well respected entry on anyone's CV. They offer a good benefits package offering many options.

    Cons

    You are expected to stay late on a fairly regular basis and there isn't really time for training or personal development.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Paralegal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Freshfields full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - good name for your Resume

    Cons

    - NO prospects for paralegal


  7. Helpful (1)

    nor recommended

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good secondary benefits for sure. Many young ambitious people which keep it a nice environment with many social outings

    Cons

    Support staff is badly managed, no talent management at all. Reward and recognition is completely based upon how well you get along with the HR advisor. (so make sure not to ever critisize cause that's how most people lost their job)

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the useless middle management layer and create a proper succession plan. Some people have been in on role too long.


  8. Fantastic company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic office, great people, and welcoming culture.

    Cons

    Nothing so far, pay could be a little higher


  9. Excellent company - look after you very well

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Freshfields full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Comfortable offices with gym, restaurant quality canteen, dry cleaning, and taxis home after 9pm. Pay good market rates for business services staff.

    Cons

    Very old school culture is quite 'twee' does not suit everyone. Bonus is not worth talking about.

    Advice to Management

    Currently very reactive planning of career paths could be improved.


  10. A good place to be!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good opportunities to progress

    Cons

    Very large so hard to get to know everyone.


  11. Loved it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Invest in the IT infrastructure



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