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Updated November 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Carries weight on the CV for future employment as a fee earner/lawyer in other law firms (but rationale doesn't apply for support service roles) (in 10 reviews)

  • Recently there have been talks given by a professional stress expert which helps our work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Long hours are the norm in most large law firms (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Top Notch Cross-Border Transactions"

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

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    U.S. lawyers who want exposure to the most sophisticated cross-border transactions should seriously consider Clifford Chance.

    Cons

    Especially given the time zone differences inherent in cross-border work, the job is 24/7/365.


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    Ownership, independence, work life balance compared to other big law firms.

    Cons

    Not enough women at higher levels.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on women's issues and diversify.

  3. "Associate"

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

    I worked at Clifford Chance (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people and very nice office

    Cons

    work hours and some groups seem busier than others.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing - it is difficult to be a subsidiary of the British mother ship.


  4. "Fine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    Corporate work. This site is making me do this to see something on it, I think it's silly

    Cons

    I didn't get kept on after my D.C. Which was annoying but hey! Thanks for all the work. Good friends etc


  5. "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work in a cross-border context

    Cons

    Dim prospects for partnership for U.S. associates
    London office calls the shots for the entire firm
    Overreliance on financial services clients

    Advice to Management

    Diversify client base beyond financial services firms


  6. "it manger"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    its a great job give nice vavactions benifits

    Cons

    nice to employess and also great with daycare


  7. "Great Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    Very good firm. Challenging work and fast paced. Offers good opportunities to grow and expand knowledge for those who are qualified, motivated and interested.

    Cons

    Competitive environment with politics that can be
    counter productive. Some could be more interested in advancing personal agendas or feeding egos than the actual work they are there to do.

    Advice to Management

    There are aspects of the culture that are great and others that are really undesirable. Management must work on this at all levels and across all groups.

  8. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    International opportunities, open-minded colleagues, and subsidized cafeteria.

    Cons

    Interior offices don't have windows.


  9. "I work full time for this company"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High-profile transactions.Great teamwork and workplace.

    Cons

    Long hours (which should be as expected)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for with smart/nice attorneys.

    Cons

    Need more training opportunities for managers.


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