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Updated Jul 17, 2014

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3.5 27 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

Linklaters Senior Partner David Cheyne

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInteresting cases, colleagues that are experts in their fields

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLinklaters 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.

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

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    Terrific place to work at

    Secretary (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPeople are the happiest, friendliest group

    ConsNo advancement in the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Needs some direction particularly outside of London

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsBehind the times, very political, unorganized

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Mixed Bag for Employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLinklaters 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior 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

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    Excellent experience

    Communications (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsLinklaters 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Toxic

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery good benefits and salary. Good work life balance.

    ConsToxic 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 Senior ManagementLinklaters 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Micromanaged

    Associate (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great name

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood branding and reputation. nice canteen

    Consbad management in some departments

    Advice to Senior Managementsupport more and give better training on how to be good managers

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Generally good

    Trainee (Current Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    ProsGood deal flow, very challenging work and a perfect place to learn

    ConsLittle work-life balance and pay is not that good compared to the long hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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