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Linklaters Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
34 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    Fantastic firm

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

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

    Pros

    The people are what set this firm apart - friendly, professional, collegial. Team spirit as I have rarely seen in firms.

    The training is fantastic - both formal and practical.

    Great opportunities to work in offices around the globe.

    Facilities in London are super - medical team on site, good cafeteria, excellent gym, etc.

    Cons

    Making partner in London office difficult but this appears to be true across all major firms.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Vacation Scheme

    Former Employee - Vacation Scheme in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vacation Scheme in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Linklaters as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent dinners, group exercises tended to be quite fun. Some work was interesting and many people were quite friendly. No event went ucnatered

    Cons

    Largely tended to ignore vacation schemers and give them work experience rather than work. Can't blame them given fees that clients are paying. but seemed like most work went into designing fun dinners and the like more than interesting work experiences

  9.  

    High quality work and people but go into it with your eyes open

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    High quality, cross-border transactions; excellent internal know-how resources and support; generally reliable international network of offices; very good gym, staff canteen and document support services; generally very nice colleagues; excellent opportunities for working abroad.

    Cons

    Depending on area of work, hours are very unpredictable and can be very long. Partners are under extreme pressure to bring in business so often neglect their mentor role, often resulting in very good people leaving because of lack of required support. Work can be unevenly distributed, meaning your neighbour clocks off at 6 when you know you'll be there all night. Salary and bonus are meagre compared to US firms - this used to be justifiable when partner prospects were better but this is no longer the case. Career opportunities are good if one looks at Links as a springboard but are not good within the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above - partners and senior associates need to step up to be supportive and helpful mentors to juniors.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great if you're a lawyer, not so great if your Business Services.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linklaters as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great focus on diversity
    Good benefits
    Good canteen
    Pay well

    Cons

    Lack of business services leadership
    Lack of innovation
    Happy to waste money
    Old fashioned
    Flexible working is non existent.
    All budget goes to the practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise the amount of waste in Business Services draining the profit. Poor processes, poor systems, too many people, too much bureaucracy. Need to get into the right century for business support.

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

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linklaters as an intern

    Pros

    Great training, responsibility, great experience.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship during the period of work.

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