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Clifford Chance Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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Clifford Chance Managing Partner Matthew Layton
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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 17 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Intern in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clifford Chance (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great cases and clients, and involved partners.

    Cons

    Less team work than expected. Not enough involvement of interns on interesting work.


  3. "Associate"

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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

    Good salary, benefits and collegiate environment.

    Cons

    Lock step pay structure with little room for differentiation between top and bottom performers.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Excellent cabinet"

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    Current Employee - Avocat in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Avocat in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Dossiers intéressants
    - Environnement de travail agréable

    Cons

    - Rythme de travail parfois intense


  5. "Solicitor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great offices worldwide, most of the people in the firm are warm and friendly and work tremendously hard. Great clients, great deals, which are often in the press. Salary, on site facilities.

    Cons

    The hours and other demands on one's time can occasionally be difficult to manage, as can some peoples' expectations. Lack of a clear and coherent policy on matters such as agile working.

    Advice to Management

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  6. "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


  7. "Coordinator"

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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

    Great benefit for business service staff, nice partners and colleagues. Stable working hours.

    Cons

    Limited career path. Too stable. Some associate is quiet difficult to deal with. (not that polite)

    Advice to Management

    Develop more on the position as i really can't see any future working in this position. But if someone want a stable job, this will suit he/she the most.


  8. "If you can deal with the cons, the pros are amazing"

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    Current Employee - Stagiaire in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Stagiaire in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Extremly interesting deals
    Well paid
    Very intelligent colleagues
    International prespective

    Cons

    Long hours
    High level of pressure
    High competitiveness


  9. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    Great team, working on largest transactions in the region, great experience and excellent resources.

    Cons

    Crazy hours and high pressure.


  10. "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.


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