Norton Rose Reviews

Updated June 30, 2014
Updated June 30, 2014
10 Reviews

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  1.  

    Was a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Norton Rose

    Pros

    Strong team environment, forward thinking, flexible work practices

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Awful culture, terrible pay and poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Norton Rose full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    People 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Norton Rose full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Although 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Used to be a good place to work

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

    I worked at Norton Rose full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lower 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  6.  

    Lot of work, above average pay

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    Former Employee - Trainee  in  Milan (Italy)
    Former Employee - Trainee in Milan (Italy)

    I worked at Norton Rose full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work-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

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    bad pay, tons of work

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

    I worked at Norton Rose full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Excessive workload and low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Management need to pay attention to Service Unit staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Norton Rose full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    High 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 ManagementAdvice

    Realise the staff worth keeping and keep them, don't get rid of them and keep the hopeless ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great perks poor management

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Associate in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Norton Rose full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The salary is competitive. You also receive great training.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in everyone, not just the favourites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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

    I worked at Norton Rose full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great 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".

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Middle East Offices

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

    I have been working at Norton Rose full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Gap 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 ManagementAdvice

    1) evaluate theory and practice in individual offices for business principles and best practice
    2) understanding of ground zero team

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