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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer New York City Reviews

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Pros
  • Great people, interesting work and nice office space (in 10 reviews)

  • Good training, high profile work (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work/life balance even for business services (in 11 reviews)

  • long hours of work, very competitive and work at weekends (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Document Reviewer"

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    Former Contractor - Document Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Document Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company and very interesting project

    Cons

    Project ended abruptly without warning


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Revolving door of unhappy support staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice offices and perks (soft drinks & coffee), occasional free lunch. Great support staff.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations from management without putting any emphasis on training. Promotes culture of fear and blame where employees are afraid to ask questions- I've had a peer procrastinate for hours on a number of tasks for fear of asking the supervisor for help. Out of date IT systems which further slow down efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees and they will meet your expectations. Support staff are not machines, if they don't work perfectly- tweak/train them or you are just setting them up to fail- it's in your best interest as well as theirs.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lucky to work here!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people and the culture really stand out! Everyone is friendly, engaging, respectful and very team oriented. There is the sense that the HR Manager is always looking out for you - always kind and empathetic to your stress and frustrations, and does what is in her power to help. That trickles down to how the firm functions - nice people working hard together.

    Cons

    The refrigerator in the cafe stocks sparkling water but not flat water? First world problems....

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Intense working culture"

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

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Attorneys are really smart and great to work with. Support staff is well trained and extremely helpful!

    Cons

    Senior Management is not well connected with their staff. Concerned more about themselves.
    Very intense and fast paced working culture.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded on how to get work done effectively. Don't do something just because "it's how we have always done things" Support your staff more by listening and understanding the issues they face.


  5. "Exciting place to be at"

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    Former Contractor - Presentation Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Presentation Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
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    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The presentations I did for Freshfields were very well received. The lalwyers I worked with were very professional and nice.

    Cons

    I have none at this time


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm to work for - friendly partners, lawyers, staff and very good training."

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent training, friendly environment, hands-on work.

    Cons

    Hours can sometimes be long, but that is the nature of Big Law.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, not so great management"

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

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The attorneys are brilliant and the work is exciting.

    Cons

    Management has been re-structuring the firm and the results have not been positive.

  8. "High quality work and attorneys."

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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

    You are working with the best and the brightest attorneys on high profile domestic and international cases. The firm supports traveling to other offices and encourages attorneys to work for extended periods abroad in another Freshfields' office.

    Cons

    As with any other law firm, the hours can be tough and the stress level high.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Firm to Work for, not the best opportunity for promotion."

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    20 Vacation days, 2 float days, 6 sick days
    Health Care paid for by the firm
    Great New Offices at 601 Lexington
    Pretty laid back atmosphere at most part
    Firm pays 1/3 of your yearly gym membership (support staff only)

    Cons

    Poor Pay Rises (so negotiate a good rate when you start)
    Poor Bonuses (not paid on performance paid equally across the firm)
    No real annual appraisal process

    Advice to Management

    Provide support staff with a good carreer path and more of an opportunity to grow


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