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Clayton Utz Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  1. "TERRIBLE!!"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Clayton Utz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Absolutely no respect for employees. Work you ridiculously long hours. Never went home before 9pm, and most nights worked until 1am even until 4am on many occasions. All to make the partners richer. I would never recommend this firm to anyone.


  2. "Rewards andt Systems consultant"

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    Current Employee - Rewards and Systems Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Rewards and Systems Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clayton Utz full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working, One of the Top Law firms in Australia, Excellent Career opportunities for young lawyers, Advance IT structure, Employee events and welfare

    Cons

    Minimum overseas presence, HR systems/ processes still evolving, Employer should have an aggressive objective setting and Bonus scheme applicable for all employees

    Advice to Management

    More focus should be made on Shared Services employees with performance based pay as a differentiator. More emphasis on processes and audits


  3. "Shallow simpletons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice offices, good dinners and functions

    Cons

    Arrogance, menial work, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Reward innovative thinkers not lemmings


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  5. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent place to work; not menial paralegal work as previously encountered
    Flexibility
    Intelligent people to work with; great colleagues and management

    Cons

    No real downsides to working at Clayton Utz. Occasional long hours as is to be expected in the bigger more complex cases.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work in their mailroom"

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    Former Employee - Mailroom Clerk in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Mailroom Clerk in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Clayton Utz full-time

    Pros

    Staff outside the mailroom were generally nice.

    Cons

    Weird and unfriendly staff within the mailroom.
    The boss has a bad temper too. Very volatile character.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Decent top tier law firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Clayton Utz full-time

    Pros

    Great system support and research/admin support for fee earners. Pay is at market rate for a top tier firm. Great offices with some good social events for staff.

    Cons

    The firm is considered a little too large for the current market so certain teams have lost staff (due to natural attrition) without rehiring. This has created an imbalance in some teams with some teams working long hours and others not.

    Advice to Management

    As with most reviews for law firms, further transparency and communication with staff is always appreciated.


  8. "Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer (I Yr PAE) in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Lawyer (I Yr PAE) in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Clayton Utz (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Values career development, work with some of the best Australian lawyers, network opportunities

    Cons

    Unclear promotion hurdles, top heavy management, below market pay

    Advice to Management

    Value the graduates and ensure continued training & development, at least market pay reviews


  9. Helpful (1)

    ""Big Law" and all that comes with it - the largest deals, the headline projects and the hours to match"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clayton Utz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with the best in the profession on the most significant matters around the country

    Cons

    Suffers the same issues as any large law firm and is saddled with an entrenched culture of traditionalism (though admittedly management is making a very public effort to overturn this)

    Advice to Management

    Market differentiation requires delivery both externally and internally. A better offering to clients cannot be achieved without making a better offering to staff in order to retain the talent to service those clients at the desired/required level. Offering clients more and staff less is only going to result in poor service levels and loss of good lawyers.


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    "The good and the Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The social culture here is positive they offer the availability of team sports, staff drinks after work every two weeks, with a theme every four weeks, there are subsidies for gyms. The people are reasonably friendly in most of the teams. Work life balance is reasonable -- you can take up to two years off without pay if you want a career break.

    Cons

    If you're not in the legal team, you're a cost centre and therefore you're just not worth as much to the company. If you're not an ex-lawyer, it's hard to advance in the other positions as you'll never quite understand enough about the legal team...

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the staff to promote retention.