Linklaters Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on cross border work

    Cons

    Not enough work all year round


  2. No Place For Homegrown US Associates

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, decent hours, good lateral and in-house opportunities.

    Cons

    The partner I worked for was a toxic individual who thought it would be productive to humiliate and berate his human capital. Dedicated US associates routinely got screwed over in different ways.

    Advice to Management

    Get your partners under control. Humiliating associates during deals and performance reviews is not good human resources management.


  3. IT Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linklaters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very competitive function Probably one of the top global firms in terms of IT and how they run their operations Unafraid of non-law firm recruits Invests in their people

    Cons

    America's is a small region if your anxious to do a lot. The firm does keep you challenged though.

    Advice to Management

    You can top out easily if you are not in the center (London), but the firm will allow you to participate in a lot remotely - if you can handle it. The firm will entertain transferring you if your family wants to move to Europe and you make the grade.


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  5. Nice personalities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linklaters

    Pros

    The people are nice and the UK-personality of the firm was pleasant.

    Cons

    Sometimes challenging to get the resources needed.


  6. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linklaters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting cases, colleagues that are experts in their fields

    Cons

    Difficult work-life balance not many transfers from one office to the other available


  7. Terrific place to work at

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Secretary in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are the happiest, friendliest group

    Cons

    No advancement in the company


  8. Needs some direction particularly outside of London

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, maternity leave, Professional development for non-lawyers

    Cons

    Behind the times, very political, unorganized


  9. Helpful (7)

    A Mixed Bag for Employees

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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 Linklaters

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Linklaters is a top-ranked law firm, and you do have prestige if you work for them. The benefits and pay (including top-tier health insurance, excellent retirement plans, and noteworthy annual bonuses) are among the best you'll find at a law firm. Most of the people are extremely professional and friendly, and HR has clearly made an effort to hire a diverse group of employees. Nearly all attorneys and support staff are exceptionally well-educated and many attorneys hired have expertise in multiple areas or have particular experience beyond a "normal" law school graduate-- ie, significant international experience, community service background, or advanced degrees in other areas along with their law degree. There is an air of casual camaraderie and teamwork at the firm. Hours tend to be very flexible in times of illness or personal changes, and vacation allowances are very generous. The company is growing at a steady and significant rate and works with some of the biggest corporations, companies and other entities in the world. It has offices scattered around the globe, allowing for a good amount of cultural exchange, work on international projects, and the opportunity to be transferred to other offices for temporary assignments for both administrative and legal staff. The firm is also heavily involved in community service projects and makes a good effort to promote involvement (fundraisers, walks, collections, emphasizing pro bono work, "green" office practices) among every level of staff. Linklaters also makes efforts to cultivate a "team" feeling with regular meetings among specific sections of employees, a large common room and other amenities such as pantries and coffee on every floor, two annual staff parties, and various social activities. The atmosphere is warm and employees seem generally content.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is notable (forms, procedures, and "best practices" policies can be tedious) and things like which software programs are used can seem somewhat lacking compared to other law firms in the U.S. as Linklaters is based in London and often uses European systems and procedures. Some lawyers and staff find this frustrating. Upper management and HR has a tendency to spread important information haphazardly, often letting administrative staff know of important changes last or telling certain groups of attorneys certain information at different times, leading to general confusion over who knows what when, and who can discuss information with whom. HR can be a little too hands-off at times, seemingly leaving day to day evaluations and problem solving entirely up to individual departments (showing a lack of firm-wide consistency) and lacking in a centralized system to share complaints, ideas or concerns anonymously or otherwise. While a corporate law firm naturally breeds a hierarchical system to a certain extent, not enough is done to ensure that staff and attorneys at lower levels are fairly and equally assigned work, leaving some attorneys and staff desperately swamped, and others literally twiddling their thumbs for days. This hierarchical system, as in many corporate settings, also breeds some mistreatment of newer employees (both attorneys and support staff) by more senior employees at Linklaters, but there is little recourse for complaints beyond simply moving on to another firm. "Politics" among even senior staff is also quite apparent at times, and personality conflicts are sometimes observed to have a detrimental effect on other staff not directly involved in disputes. There is also a great disparity of knowledge among departments and higher/lower levels of employees within those departments (ie, many staff in one department have very little idea of what goes on in other areas of the firm, and within individual departments little is done to expand knowledge of the department's specialties for administrative and support staff). Administrative/support staff often seem frustrated by the lack of opportunity for career or other advancement along with the small amount of professional development opportunities. Attorneys can appear to be "pigeon-holed" into working on one type of issue, or with one senior attorney or on one particular matter, and it can be difficult to advance to other areas or expand experience beyond a narrow scope.

    Advice to Management

    --Work on improving how and when information is shared among various levels of staff --Increase opportunities for administrative personnel to advance and gain professional development experience --Outline a better plan for division of labor among staff in various departments, and better track who is working with whom, and on which issues to spread assignments evenly --Eliminate as much unnecessary bureaucracy as possible --Provide an avenue for employees to give anonymous feedback and suggestions --Develop stronger learning programs to enhance employees' abilities to form good working relationships amongst each other and improve overall firm success


  10. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Linklaters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent, top-tier clients, professional support, experienced partners and fantastic know-how available at one's fingertips. Cutting edge work that will frequently appear on the front pages of newspapers. Generous salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours at a firm like this are almost a given and there will be tremendous pressure to perform at a very high level. Work-life balance may not be what most people are comfortable with.

    Advice to Management

    Make a genuine attempt to foster a good work-life balance and promote a positive environment that is not solely driven by revenues and numbers billed.


  11. Paralegal

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linklaters

    Pros

    the people I worked with were great.

    Cons

    I was not there long enough as I was on a temporary contract



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