Norton Rose Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities for associates; less so for staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney

    I worked at Norton Rose full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The firm offers great opportunities for young attorneys. The practice is about as demanding as average in a big firm, but because of locations world-wide and connections within local communities, there are experiences available to young attorneys (e.g., working abroad, using legal skills to contribute to the community, taking small cases to trial, working for unusual clients) that would not be available at some other firms.

    Cons

    Associate experience there is a mixed bag. Some partners are extremely difficult to work with and others are fantastic. The associate pay scale begins at the same place as other similar firms, but senior associates should generally expect lower pay than their peers at other large firms.
    The focus in recent years has turned to minimizing non-attorney staff, so unless a particular employee has a partner championing them, their work environment and job security are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Value non-attorney staff, as they can make the attorney's work product and firm experience much better if they're happy. If you'd like to see associate retention, give partners education in management techniques and mentoring. Whether intentional or not the firm as a whole relies on scare tactics to keep associates and non-attorney staff motivated, but it would be better served to create a friendlier work environment.

  2. Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Norton Rose as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, people and work

    Cons

    Middle market work, increasingly competitive legal market

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. Personal Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Norton Rose full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of varied work and system/staff development

    Cons

    No real care for life/work balance. Support staff are expected to work just as long hours as the more senior staff with very little or no gratitude.

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  5. Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Norton Rose full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly culture and environment
    Nice offices

    Cons

    Lower pay than competitors
    Relatively low quality of work

  6. Good firm, but your experience depends on your partner.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Norton Rose full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The firm as a whole is quite good, there are lots of staff functions to attend. There are many opportunities to be involved in various committees, pro bono, and charities. The starting pay is good for junior lawyers / paralegals, and there does not seem to be very much pressure to make billeable hours for the junior staff (I am not sure about higher up).
    Flexible work arrangements are available.

    Cons

    The partners are a mixed bag. I have quite a friendly partner so my team is generally nice. However, some partners are basically impossible to work for, and their teams have a very high turnover rate for junior lawyers & legal assistants. The firm does not seem to do very much about those "mean" partners.

    The other con is that there does seem to be some "silo"ing within the firm.

    HR are extremely useless - there is a very high turnover rate within the HR department, and it is quite hard to find people in HR who respond to emails and/or knows what is going on.

    Advice to Management

    The firm really needs to invest in a good HR team. The firm should also reign in those partners who are very difficult to work with.

  7. Great Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Articling Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Articling Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Norton Rose as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great firm, wonderful people, and decent work

    Cons

    At times, long hours, but that's part of the game.

  8. Global Brand but bad on value

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lawyer
    Current Employee - Lawyer

    I have been working at Norton Rose full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global Brand with some good clients and nice people

    Cons

    Lack of expertise
    Cost-cutting on knowledge and precedents
    Poor training
    Emphasis on billing rather than excellence
    Poor morale and zero social life

    Advice to Management

    Invest money in better people. Invest time in training and ditch the fee-pressure environment. Performance will improve and with it, $$

  9. assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Norton Rose full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    offices are nice and well located

    Cons

    major lack of good assistant

  10. Helpful (1)

    Might be good for Lawyers - Poor for Service Staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Norton Rose as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free monthly drinks, some training at commencement of hire.

    Cons

    Some areas bullying culture which management don't mind as long as you make money. HR have no power or say in anything (they are just puppets) so don't bother going to them.

    Burn and churn corporate culture so make sure you get what you want out them and have a plan, be strategic about which partners you work for because if your partner turns out to not be making much money then bad luck for your career.

    No real opportunity for women, even the CEO's practice manager (senior secretary) is male. Only one woman on the board and she isn't even employed by the Firm.

    Advice to Management

    Change remuneration structure and start actually supporting change in culture in terms of bullying and promoting women to positions of power.

  11. a hire and fire attitude, expecting long hours and showing little loyality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PNTS in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PNTS in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Norton Rose full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay was above average for both fee earners and business service roles. The London office is in a nice location by the Thames with easy access to London Bridge station.

    Cons

    The London office was an unhappy place, with very weak management showing a lack of leadership and in some cases running personal agendas. The globalization of the business has been less than successful in some areas according to some people.

    Advice to Management

    Stop running the company like a small SME, and put proper structures in place worthy of the 5th biggest legal company in the world.

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