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Allen & Overy Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Pros
  • It's a nice law firm to work at (in 9 reviews)

  • Nice people; top-notch legal work and resources (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, at times difficult culture (in 23 reviews)

  • Pressure to make long hours / terrible work life balance, not much feedback (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "A&O Life"

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

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time (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.


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people; top-notch legal work and resources.

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable hours; many late nights.

  3. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Litigation Support Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Support Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time (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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Support Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy, nice people, felt valued and appreciated (support staff), lots of opportunity for well-paid overtime.

    Cons

    Slackers don't get fired, so there is some dead wood.


  6. "Legal Secretary / Legal PA"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary/Legal PA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary/Legal PA in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good schedule flexibility, 35-hour work week, attorneys always welcome extra OT help which adds to comp, great place to learn the field

    Cons

    Poor pay structure (raises/bonuses), not all secretaries/PA's hold up to the same standard, poor administrative structure, poor secretary/PA management and development for internal growth; some junior associates are better treated than others


  7. "Client Services Assisant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits
    European 5-week vacation
    NY Office Centrally Located
    Brilliant Staff
    Global firm

    Cons

    Some departments are more disorganized than others with poor managers leading the pack.

    Advice to Management

    Various departments need re-training to reflect the values of the company which have somehow been lost along the way.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "a better firm than most"

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

    Pros

    laid-back environment
    good work/life balance
    great staff to work alongside with.

    Cons

    upper management has no clue as to the needs of the staff
    a free for all when it comes to following rules and regulations which severely disrupt work flow.
    management's unwillingness to work with staff for long term planning and strategy.

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to what your staff recommends and use their years of experience. don't break what is not broken.


  9. "Summer Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people (for biglaw). Chance to work with people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Not as well respected in America as overseas.


  10. "Great Firm"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work closely with attorneys, great firm culture.

    Cons

    Unpredictable overtime, but that is to be expected at a law firm.


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