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Clifford Chance Reviews

Updated December 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance with opportunities to Learn & Explore" (in 7 reviews)

  • "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)

Cons
  • "Unpredictable workload and long hours" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Inspiring a strong work ethic can create work life balance challenges" (in 12 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. "Review"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good mix of work in asset finance. Great Team

    Cons

    Long hours and work flow is unpredictble.

  3. "Experience will depend on the group"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    Intellectual powerhouse; strong resources; collegiality; sophisticated and challenging projects

    Cons

    Silos; the usual big law grind; satellite office situation for non-London offices


  4. "Better than average for Biglaw"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a typical biglaw type firm. The people are more collegial and the expectations aren't as soul crushing as some places.

    Cons

    The technology is getting better but still a ways to go. Also, because it is not the head office or even close, it can have a satellite feel to it.
    Sometimes there is a lack of work which can be frustrating especially when you know that other law firms are busy.


  5. "Standard Big Law"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly collegues; large global scope of work and clients

    Cons

    Lack of transparency; lack of promotion opportunity


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "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