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Pros
  • Leading law firm with an excellent reputation in the market (in 8 reviews)

  • t have to hot desk), gym, swimming pool, canteen, parking, laptop, blackberry (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Inspiring a strong work ethic can create work life balance challenges (in 11 reviews)

  • Long hours and occasional weekend work- (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Good Firm"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, benefits and job security.

    Cons

    There is very little room for advancement if you're looking to move up and explore different career paths within the firm.


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Worldwide network, international experience, high-profile deals, many very good lawyers/partners, some of whom will take an interest in you. If you manage to avoid missteps for the first few years (see below), certain partners and senior associates will "protect" you.

    Cons

    Hours can be brutal and moreover, unpredictable so expect to cancel plans at least sometimes. Minor missteps can result in a bad reputation spreading through departments quickly, effectively ending your career there.


  3. "Happy place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    I've had a great experience working as an associate at Clifford Chance in the New York office. I have excellent mentors, I love all of my coworkers and I feel a strong sense of community. Although the hours can be long, I have learned so much from my tenure here that I do not regret it for a moment.

    Cons

    Demanding work and long, unpredictable hours, but that's the industry.

    Advice to Management

    I give it four stars because the firm needs to step up its game with respect to diversity and retention of diverse individuals, particularly in senior positions.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good experience, interesting cross-border deals and cases, bad partner morale"

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

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    - Lockstep compensation for associates, they always match NYC bonus structure
    - standard law firm benefits: subsidized gym memberships, cars and ~$30 dinners when you work late, great subsidized cafeteria
    - smart interesting associates with international outlook.

    Cons

    - partners seem like they hate each other, lack of cooperation and camaraderie at the top makes it difficult to see why you would want to stay
    - work life balance sucks, as does unpredictable nature of your schedule. welcome to every new york law firm.

    Advice to Management

    - US partners put international deals (ones that originated at other CC offices) as lowest priority. That's clearly where the money is coming in, and it gets shuffled off to untrained associates who get berated by the european partners when they don't know what to do. Those cross-border deals should be get much more partner attention.
    - Partners should try to like each other, and like their work, or at least pretend. They clearly feel like second-fiddle to London, not as the US advance team for a global firm, and it shows, and attitude starts to trickle down to associates.


  6. "Good overall though ridiculous hours"

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    Current Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clifford Chance as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    International Scope of Work good

    Cons

    People kind of suck and are arrogant

    Advice to Management

    Show a little more concern for your employees


  7. "Good experience but not for longterm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience, learn new skills

    Cons

    No work life balance but that is expected


  8. "Incredible international experience"

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    Former Employee - Associate (Mid-level to Senior) in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate (Mid-level to Senior) in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to travel the world doing international work, this is the firm for you. It truly is an integrated global platform where attorneys around the world work together on client relationships. This is not so at US based biglaw firms. You will sleep with your blackberry under your pillow in order to respond to emails from China, but you will be involved in cutting edge work.

    The attorneys are not only smart, but worldly and and interesting too.

    Cons

    The massive lay-offs in 2008 destroyed morale. They seemed to be completely random and attorneys were scratching their heads as to why certain associates were spared. On top of this, US litigation partners took off in droves. With the lay-offs and partner departures, US litigation department shrank from approx 90 attorneys to a skeleton crew of approx 5 (they are now trying to rebuild). During all of this, US management continued to call associate meetings to reassure associates that everything was fine and the future looked great.

    Do not go here for pure litigation experience. You will not get any experience. You will only draft briefs. But the investigations group (in DC), which is part of litigation, is great. NY and DC work together on investigations, which are conducted around the world.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Job Insecurity while Maintaining Employment"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is in the median range for other law firms of this size. Profit sharing is good. Vacation time generous. Management willing to be flexible with scheduling.

    Cons

    The firm has gone through multiple rounds of layoffs and nobody is ever quite certain there won't be another one. No recognition for a job well done but this may be an industry standard. Firm has cut back so much financially in an effort to boost partner bonuses that the environment is negative. Holiday parties are minimal. Annual bonuses are stagnant. Pay increases were frozen for a year, then we were given a small percentage the following year. Workload is oppressive at times since so many people were let go. This Firm has a history of managment sticking their heads in the sand in an effort to keep their vulnerable jobs. (Out of sight, out of mind I guess.)

    Advice to Management

    Don't just smile and nod your head when an employee has a valid complaint and seeks resolution. The problems will not go away by ignoring them and you're just making your loyal employees feel unappreciated. And yes, financial compensation goes a long way to prove how appreciative you are since the words are rarely spoken.


  10. "Typical law firm"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, somewhat interesting work

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and partner upheaval. Firm management is not transparent at all. London impacts all of New York's managing decisions

    Advice to Management

    Talk more to associates and actually explain firm developments.


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