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Updated Jul 18, 2019

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Allen & Overy CEO Wim Dejonghe
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29 Ratings
  1. Helpful (6)

    "Support Staff"

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    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.

    Allen & Overy2016-05-31
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Secretary / Legal PA"

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

    I have been working at Allen & Overy

    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

    Allen & Overy2016-05-09
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Client Services Assisant"

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    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.

    Allen & Overy2016-03-22
  4. Helpful (1)

    "a better firm than most"

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

    I have been working at Allen & Overy

    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.

    Allen & Overy2016-04-03
  5. "Great Firm"

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

    I worked at Allen & Overy

    Pros

    Work closely with attorneys, great firm culture.

    Cons

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

    Allen & Overy2016-02-22
  6. "Summer Associate"

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

    I worked at Allen & Overy

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not as well respected in America as overseas.

    Allen & Overy2016-02-27
  7. "Support Staff"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

      Pros

      Awesome benefits - U.K.-based company with European ideas on vacation policies and benefits

      Cons

      The attorneys don't take care of each other, and can be positively aweful to staff

      Allen & Overy2016-02-20
    • Helpful (1)

      "Attorney"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time

      Pros

      Small firm vibe with the resources of a global platform Excellent firm-level management Diverse work streams

      Cons

      No obvious opportunities to advance to partner outside of Project Finance group

      Advice to Management

      Let's seem some organic partners from the DC office

      Allen & Overy2016-01-21
    • "Associate"

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      Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Allen & Overy for more than 5 years

      Pros

      The firm is competitive in terms of salary and benefits as compared to other NYC firms. The people who work there are very collegiate.

      Cons

      The office really feels like a satellite of the main office in London. Certain departments are poorly run - with no real leadership.

      Allen & Overy2015-09-09
    • "Legal Assistant"

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      Former Employee - Legal Assistant 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Allen & Overy

      Pros

      Smart associates, and respectable hours.

      Cons

      Expect a lot for little pay. Run from London, and a bit stiff.

      Allen & Overy2015-08-02
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