Linklaters Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linklaters

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    work there is intensive, but you can lean a lot there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linklaters as an intern

    Pros

    Linklaters is a prestigious and a professional law firm. I love people there. They are very nice and smart. Everyday I can deal with different and interesting deals, which is enjoyable.

    Cons

    Pressure is quite big there. Cause everyone is very smart, you should work very hard to be outstanding.

  3.  

    Terrific place to work at

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    Former Employee - Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Secretary in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    People are the happiest, friendliest group

    Cons

    No advancement in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Behind the times, very political, unorganized

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    --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

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Competitive and ruthless culture, although they pay well if you want to be part of it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They provide very good staff benefits, incl. GP and dental care on-site and gym. Excellent staff restaurant and great choice of foods served.

    Cons

    Banking unproductive hours is common, you're discouraged to have a life outside work i.e. hobby, sport social. You're a weirdo if you leave the office before 6pm. Unless you're part of the club, there are no promotion opportunities. Leadership is not interested in you as a person, focus remains on those who bring big money and lawyers can pretty much get away with everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Ok law firm.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linklaters

    Pros

    Good deals, great support, good knowhow.

    Cons

    Political and aggressive. The partners want the associates competing with each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Communications in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Linklaters status as one of the very best corporate law firms didn't happen by chance. Everything there is first rate, from the people, the systems, the environment' even the food in the staff restaurant. I thought it might be a bit stuffy but generally I found everyone, both within the practice and outside, to be helpful and approachable. Lots of opportunities to network and meet talented people who are the best in their field.

    Cons

    You need to stay on your toes, professionally speaking (that's also a 'pro' for many).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Toxic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linklaters full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits and salary. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Toxic environment created by a minority of bad egg managers.
    Bullying. Intimidation. Lies by management to get people out who they don't like.
    Slander.
    Discrimination, intimidation and bullying against those with illnesses because they can and because they are cowards.
    This is a minority but when brought to the attention of the leadership, they turn a blind eye and so it continues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Linklaters are member of the City Mental Health Alliance. The purpose of the CMHA is to promote practices in the workplace that aid good mental health.
    Practice what you preach and stop being such hypocrites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaged

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

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Good status, great benefits, high profile work. Top pay.

    Cons

    Matters are so large you'll never truly own one. Micromanagement rife. You must do FaceTime to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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