Allen & Overy Reviews

Updated Sep 22, 2020

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4.4
90%
Recommend to a Friend
94%
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Allen & Overy Senior partner Wim Dejonghe
Wim Dejonghe
56 Ratings
Pros
  • "Friendly firm with great people at all levels(in 12 reviews)

  • "Colleagues, quality of work, reputation, training, facilities(in 10 reviews)

Cons
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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (3)

    "Support staff"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Amsterdam
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A lot to learn and possibility to grow within the team. And a big plus: everything is taken care of, from a very good lunch and barista to print department. If you want to deliver 5 star service and work with ambitious people, this is where you want to be.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything to complain about..

    Allen & Overy Response

    Senior Manager, Global Recruiting

    Thank you for the five stars! It means so much coming from someone with 8-10 years experience with us. We pride ourselves in giving our people the opportunity to grow and learn, and happy to hear your experience with this first hand.

  2. "worth it"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Ukiah, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    rewarding if you put in your best

    Cons

    never slack of at work or you get fired.

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  3. "Solid Firm"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Very smart and competent people

    Cons

    Struggling with the US strategy

  4. "Old-style top law firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Lawyer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible access and major deals

    Cons

    Typical law firm drawbacks, certain groups are very transactional, firm is having a hard time evolving with the times.

  5. "Great salary"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great salary, not bad work environment

    Cons

    Too much work, but is still worth it

    Allen & Overy Response

    Senior Manager, Global Recruiting

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are happy to hear that despite being busy, you are enjoying the work and the environment at A&O.

  6. "Awesome Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Services in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing staff and coworkers.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

  7. "Great place to work."

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, interesting work and great resources.

    Cons

    Unpredictable and long hours. Nights and weekend work.

  8. "Allen & Overy Associate Review 2019"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Global reach; substantive work; friendly culture.

    Cons

    It is biglaw, and therefore demanding.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Nowhere near as good as I was expecting"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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    Allen & Overy Response

    Senior Manager, Global Recruiting

    We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review about your experience of working at Allen & Overy. We are very disappointed to learn that your time with us was not positive. We work hard to ensure our people feel they can safely voice concerns, so we take feedback of this nature very seriously. We currently have an external independent hotline for our staff to anonymously report concerns 24/7. We will ensure to promote this further so our employees are more of aware of it.

  10. "Great shop which could be fabulous with some tweaks"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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