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Allen & Overy Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2019

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Allen & Overy CEO Wim Dejonghe
Wim Dejonghe
29 Ratings
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  • "It can be very long hours for a junior lawyer(in 33 reviews)

  • "Poor work/life balance; client expectation that you are available 24/7(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy

    Pros

    People, Salary, Opportunities, High Profile cases

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance, not known in the USA enough

    Allen & Overy2018-02-07
  2. "Nowhere near as good as I was expecting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Onsite facilities and amenities are excellent

    Cons

    They talk a lot about diversity and have all kinds of initiatives, but it's still a big city firm that only cares about chargeable hours. The smile doesn't reach the eyes.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees a safe environment to whistleblow. There's no trust that disclosing something won't be severely career limiting.

    Allen & Overy2019-06-18
  3. "Great shop which could be fabulous with some tweaks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Great people, very innovative firm, good work, superb clients and generally speaking people who are pleasant to work with

    Cons

    Great around the world but lack of perspective in the US, extreme emphasis on short term numbers, lack of recognition of the value of clients brought to the firm when compared to mere billable hours

    Allen & Overy2018-09-06
  4. "Reception Management Team Lacking"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Receptionist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, lawyers and clients were polite and respectful. Beautiful office and great work hours.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, reception management team was fiefdom. Belittling, back stabbing culture. Not an enjoyable work environment and afraid of anyone doing their job better than them.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better and get rid of over bearing front desk management team.

    Allen & Overy2018-08-08
  5. "Little to no real growth/advancement available. Too much turnaround."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Great name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better. Very hierarchal environment where everyone, especially the partners like to remind the associates of what everyones titles are and with that, what they're allowed to do and what they aren't. Associates are treated like a second class and hours are intense. No real life outside of the workplace here. Longer career track to partner than most firms. Employee turnaround is massive. No one really...

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    Advice to Management

    create better relationships with your associates and staff

    Allen & Overy2018-05-23
  6. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Good exposure to institutional clients

    Cons

    Limited NY presence, lack of training.

    Allen & Overy2017-11-05
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people; top-notch legal work and resources.

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable hours; many late nights.

    Allen & Overy2017-08-09
  8. "A&O Life"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friendly environment and great parties!

    Cons

    The work wasn't distributed evenly.

    Advice to Management

    Some secretaries sit around doing nothing while others are extremely busy. Make sure everyone is helping each other especially when meeting deadlines.

    Allen & Overy2017-05-08
  9. "Associate"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time

      Pros

      Good atmosphere. Interesting Work. Open door

      Cons

      So far no cons to mention

      Allen & Overy2017-01-27
    • Helpful (1)

      "Litigation Support Analyst"

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      Former Employee - Litigation Support Analyst in New York, NY

      I worked at Allen & Overy full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Exposure to a variety of eDiscovery platforms. Analysts are given a great deal of responsibility right from day one. Friendly staff and competitive pay/benefits.

      Cons

      The work comes in waves, so it is often difficult to anticipate whether your week will be busy, or if you will be completing menial tasks in anticipation of a larger project.

      Advice to Management

      Continue to successfully show the support staff the appreciation you always have. Try and keep your technology as up-to-date as possible.

      Allen & Overy2016-08-16
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