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Clayton Utz Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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  1. "Great development, endless benefits to take advantage of, and perfect for any stage of your career (lawyer or otherwise)"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Brisbane (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay - grads fresh out of uni start on around $70k.
     There are great opportunities for development as a junior lawyer, with internal CLEs fortnightly on average across all teams.
    All Partners that I have worked for (about 10 in total) are keen to see the juniors succeed, they have a vested interest in getting the most out of you as a junior and although sometimes that means working you to the bone, the acknowledgment of good, hard work has rarely been missed.
    It also looks great on your resume so it keeps industry doors open if you want a change.
    Great access to current awareness - the firm has paid for a premium prescription to the Age, the AFR, and the SMH for all employees across Australia.
    There is a great social scene, with free firm-wide drinks and food put on each month, and every month there is an opportunity to be involved in a local sporting event (ie: corporate triathlon, corporate games, fun runs) as a team - these are all paid for by the social club too, so no entry fees! Facilities are high class/luxury - kitchens and break out areas/lounges constantly stocked with free coffee and snacks, and always in the best CBD locations.

    Cons

    As a graduate, you can sometimes get a bit lost in the process and feel like you are more a part of a strategy game than a career. The firm is managing up to 70 grads across the country each year so dealing with HR can sometimes be repeating who you are and what you want out of your career a number of times, as well as constantly asking for information about how to move in the direction you want to go.
    That said, with a bit of initiative and networking this is easy to overcome to make yourself stand out, because everyone at the firm wants the best for you, as long as you also put in the work. If you do the work well and make an effort to get to know everyone, you will be very well looked after. It is the ones who hide in their office or reject opportunities to be involved that get left behind in this process.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, keep up the good work. But sometimes in such a large company, transparency in upper management processes can go a long way to achieving positive staff morale on the ground.


  2. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great supportive and flexible management
    Study leave approved easily
    Stimulating and challenging work

    Cons

    Nothing really to be honest

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep up the good management

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Rewards andt Systems consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  8. 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.


  9. "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


  10. 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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