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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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2.3 10 reviews

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22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Was a great company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStrong team environment, forward thinking, flexible work practices

    ConsThe greed and egos of a few partners taint the culture and unfortunately leadership was not strong enough at the time to deal with this

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awful culture, terrible pay and poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsThere are some decent people who work there.
    The work can be challenging.
    Training is occasionally offered.

    ConsThe pay is terrible - pay freezes 2012 AND 2013. Meanwhile partners go on annual partner conferences around the world, flying business class, expensing food drinks and staying in 5 star hotels.
    The culture is dismal - the focus is just on hours and fees.
    HR does nothing in terms of addressing your issues and sometimes they don't even reply to your messages. That is unprofessional and just rude.
    Lots of politics. You are at the mercy of your partner and other partners.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople need a reason to come to work apart from the money. Not only are you NOT rewarding people with money but there are no incentives to come to work - maybe to slog it out and feel bad about not reaching 165 billable hours a month when you have little to no control over where the work comes from.

    Stop merging for a moment and start focusing on creating a culture where people want to come to work. This means being upfront with people and informing them of what's going on.
    I would not reccomend working here to anyone. Word on the street is that you are notoriously cheap.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very little recognition for hard work, bad management and little diversity.

    (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood brand, good clients, interesting markets and many global offices, offering an extensive international network.

    ConsThere is a culture of fee earners and 'everybody else'. It is hard to judge other teams but in the infrastructure, mining and commodities headlight there is huge churn of staff. The management is particularly bad within this team, the zero-respect attitude amongst the partners in this team comes from the leader of this group. Threatening e-mails regards to checking your blackberry at all times (in respect to holidays) were sent, upsetting the team and enhancing the already low morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlthough many schemes in place to encourage diversity, this is not shown in practice. Management should take more time to understand the demands on the staff and encourage a work / life balance. Management should also encourage better behaviour to some of the Partners to keep staff happy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a good place to work

    IT Management (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsUsed to have a strong team and 'can do' environment.
    Location and facilities in More London is very good.

    ConsLower wages when compared to competing firms,
    Upstairs / downstairs mentality between some fee earning staff and support services,
    Intolerant and incompetent senior management,
    Since 2010, I have never seen lower levels of morale in any workplace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a good look at the negligent management and inefficiencies in business services as the majority of the management reporting is based in fiction.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lot of work, above average pay

    Trainee (Former Employee) Milan (Italy)

    ProsPay is above average for trainees in Italy; International environment; big clients

    ConsWork-life balance does not exist; job tasks are boring and trivial; management is very bossy and there is no respect for trainees; low career opportunities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    bad pay, tons of work

    Associate (Former Employee) Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)

    ProsBilingual environment, people are very prepared so you can get to learn a lot as a lawyer

    ConsExcessive workload and low salaries

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise salaries

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management need to pay attention to Service Unit staff

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsLots of friendly staff, even some partners are down to earth.
    On site training for software application.
    Monthly drinks.

    ConsHigh staff turnover in most areas of the firm probably due to careless management and lack of career development. Other law firms probably pay more as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealise the staff worth keeping and keep them, don't get rid of them and keep the hopeless ones.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great perks poor management

    Associate (Current Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    ProsThe salary is competitive. You also receive great training.

    ConsPoor management of people. In the Beijing office, there was too much focus on one person, at the expense of everyone else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in everyone, not just the favourites.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work if you are a lawyer, not so great in IT

    IT Support Analyst (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat people, really nice office, reasonable pay.

    The culture in every part of the practice except IT is fantastic. The partners in particular are superb and really care about the "Norton Rose Family".

    ConsThe management in IT, particularly middle management are shockingly bad. Really good technical IT staff are constantly undermined by a management team who are both incompetent and rude.

    2012 has brought new lows of sucking, black hell to the denizens of the 3rd floor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop engaging in constant re-organisations. Treat technical staff with respect. Stop blaming technical staff for management failures.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Office Manager (Current Employee) Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    ProsGood work environment and culture
    Business principles - Quality, Integrity, Unity
    Global firm with multicultural experience

    ConsGap between principles Theory and actual Practice
    Administratively, classic safe haven where managers hide from responsibility and avoid
    being held accountable for errors of judgement or problems they created or failed to solve.
    Poor HR - people are not important

    Advice to Senior Management1) evaluate theory and practice in individual offices for business principles and best practice
    2) understanding of ground zero team

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