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Ashurst Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2019

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Pros
  • "Great environment, friendly people, very well-respected lawyers, good work-life balance (if you not a lawyer)(in 8 reviews)

  • "Good Location, canteen, flexible working(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Support staff get treated as sub-par employees to fee-earners(in 8 reviews)

  • "Long hours and questionable merger(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Average firm with average people"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Ashurst full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Better work-life balance than other NYC firms

    Cons

    It's a British firm and tend to favor Brits over non-Brits. Small office. Some attorneys are immature snobs always talking behind and spreading rumors about junior attorneys and paralegals. Worked at a few different international firms but found the NY office culture to be very unpleasant due to such immature people.

    Ashurst2017-11-10
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Junior Associates beware of the lack of guidance"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Open door policy, laid back, challenging deals

    Cons

    Partners and associates aren't interested in developing junior associates, a lot of pettiness among certain associates directed towards assistants, paralegals and more junior associates

    Advice to Management

    more training and more mentoring is needed, claiming a respectful work environment is great, but it also needs to be actually implemented

    Ashurst2016-11-09
  3. Helpful (2)

    "A great firm evolving into a leading professional serivces business"

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    Current Employee - Head of/Middle Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture Agile working and innovative Competitve rewards Commitment to excellence and service

    Cons

    Change can bring uncertainty, communication is ok but always able to improve

    Advice to Management

    I've see a welcome openness and commitment to the values. I think it would be great to have the leadership team to take turns speaking to the firm about the strategy and progress against the plans. The email and films are good but the personal connection would also be great to bring things to life.

    Ashurst2019-06-12
  4. "Long hours, viewed as dispensable"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great reputation to build a basis for a career in almost anything

    Cons

    Long hours, poor management, many offices are internal with no natural light

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management training for Partners and Senior Associates. An email from a Partner/SA to a junior stating "Please review" and forwarding some ambiguous document with no context is not an appropriate form of giving instructions. When your juniors are unable to decipher what to do from enigmatic emails like those, Partners and SAs should not put them down or scowl at them.

    Ashurst2019-06-02
  5. "Legal Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Legal Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Experience, nice environment, good resources

    Cons

    Limited scope for advancement within firm

    Ashurst2019-05-14
  6. "good opportunity for carrier"

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    Current Employee - Software in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good salary and very good environment

    Cons

    no cos in this company very friendly staff

    Advice to Management

    must be salary on time

    Ashurst2019-05-07
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Legal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance Give you freedom to work around hours as long as work is done Partners and senior staff make a point of introducing themselves and maintain a relationship despite their senior role Lots of training looks great on CV

    Cons

    Terrible salary Weeks of having absolutely no work yet they continue to hire more staff Little to no development opportunities for certain teams

    Advice to Management

    I would advise they focus on the staff they have rather than continuing to try and expand the company and lower staff turnover.

    Ashurst2019-05-07
  8. "Psychotic megalomaniacs treat you like money makinig monkeys"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Can add 'top-tier law firm' experience in your CV. Working with smart people.

    Cons

    Due to the lack of separation of ownership and management, the workplace culture of Ashurst (and every other professional services firm, I'd imagine), is soul-destroying. Because the partners who run the practice owns the practice, their power is ultimate. And absolute power corrupts absolutely. So some of the partners are pschotic megalomaniacs who treat you as a scum and expect to be treated as the High King and God....

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    Ashurst2019-05-15
  9. "Down-to-earth law firm with top-tier work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Dubai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst for more than a year

    Pros

    High quality work, smart colleagues, not stuffy, approachable partners.

    Cons

    Very long hours. Company culture in the UAE is very much focused on long staying late in the office as long as possible.

    Ashurst2019-03-22
  10. "Would not recommend working for Ashurst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Staff benefits that are touted as industry leading are really just basic benefits that are provided by every other law firm, e.g. gym and employee assistance program.

    Cons

    There is a massive gulf between those who work in support services and legal staff in how you are treated and viewed. Pay is below market as they include superannuation in the job offer. Technology is below par and hamstrung by lack of strong and clear direction in IT. Lack of career development opportunities. Do not expect support or communication from leadership. Very london-centric in leadership and direction

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff as humans and not assets Stop being london-centric and start acting as a global firm

    Ashurst2019-04-24
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