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Clifford Chance Employee Reviews about "work environment"

Updated Nov 27, 2019

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3.8
69%
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85%
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Clifford Chance CEO Matthew Layton
Matthew Layton
62 Ratings
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  • "Long hours and pay is lower than other magic circle firms(in 37 reviews)

  • "Benefits are VASTLY different between lawyers and operations staff(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people and work life balance

    Cons

    None at the moment, love it

    Clifford Chance2019-11-27
  2. "Outstanding Firm"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collegial, supportive of professional development, bright and progressive leadership

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic, but all in the name of structure

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    Clifford Chance2019-10-04
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor training"

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

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Name brand recognition, market compensation

    Cons

    Ineffective management, not enough work

    Clifford Chance2019-09-06
  4. Helpful (1)

    "trainee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    great working place,good opportunity, good people

    Cons

    sometimes it can be really tough

    Clifford Chance2019-05-29
  5. "Great Firm and Experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    World class firm with global reach, talented colleagues, great opportunities for career development

    Cons

    Need for more female partners, work life balance for parents is difficult

    Clifford Chance2019-05-04
  6. "Good Comes with the Bad"

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    Current Employee - Operations in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, both in operations/business services as well as lawyers Focused on becoming a leading law firm, especially in innovation and technology Very open to new methods of working

    Cons

    Benefits are VASTLY different between lawyers and operations staff No sense of an open door policy with many of the senior level staff Ideas from HQ (London) often get pushed down to other offices without allowing the local office to have a "say" in the process

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees the same way. Regional differences between lawyers and operations staff such as what level of discount you receive for a gym membership, what level of seating you get on an airline, maternal/paternal benefits, etc. is unsettling. Create alternative methods for associates to feel more comfortable approaching senior colleagues about the ways of working (i.e. support for additional training,... changing how things get done, etc.).

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    Clifford Chance2019-04-09
  7. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good mix of work in asset finance. Great Team

    Cons

    Long hours and work flow is unpredictble.

    Clifford Chance2018-10-05
  8. "Experience will depend on the group"

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    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

    Clifford Chance2018-06-25
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Better than average for Biglaw"

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

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time for 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.

    Clifford Chance2018-05-30
  10. "Standard Big Law"

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

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly collegues; large global scope of work and clients

    Cons

    Lack of transparency; lack of promotion opportunity

    Clifford Chance2017-12-18
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