Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2020

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3.6
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Senior Partner and Managing Partner  Edward Braham and Stephan Eilers (no image)
Edward Braham and Stephan Eilers
23 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and location good quality firm(in 16 reviews)

  • "Great contract rates and opportunities within the firm and a chance to work with a Magic Circle law firm is great for building a good reputation(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "On occasion long hours when working on the service desk but overall a good experience(in 37 reviews)

  • "Unpredictable working hours and quite hierarchical(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Shadowing Scheme"

    5.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shadowing Scheme 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interning at Freshfields at a very early stage of my legal career was truly an all-inclusive experience. Work-wise, I got the opportunity to get involved in several technical tasks within a wide range of case situations. I was sat with the Corporate Teeam. I was excited to get involved in the team's efforts, even if my contribution was, needless to say, of minor importance. I got acquainted with several high-profile and inspiring individuals, got to attend conference calls and get insights on cases which the firm handles. All employees were friendly, and got some useful guidance by having lunch with trainees who had just been in my place.

    Cons

    The only downside I could think of would be that, despite being allocated work tasks, these were of a minor nature and did not have the opportunity to do any drafting of documents. I only handled research-based and proofreading assignments.

  2. "It is what you make it."

    4.0
    Former Employee - Finance 

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Work kept me busy so days flew by.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover so work/life balance suffered a lot

  3. "Good work, lack of transparency"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Access to international work and market salaries for big law.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from management and partners. Unclear what the US strategy is for growth.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are great. We work in teams and if you have any questions, someone is always willing to help.

    Cons

    The technology is lacking for the firm of this size but our local IT is always willing to help.

  5. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Junior Associate 

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    So far great culture and everyone is very aprochable.

    Cons

    Nothing to disclose as of yet

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    "Nice Place"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lawyer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    International work for top-notch clients

    Cons

    Vicious politics; lazy partners; no promotional prospects

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Leadership and identity problems (New York office)"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    - Prestigious - Great international work - Challenging assignments with early responsibility

    Cons

    - No sense of teamwork among team members: associates tend to become good teammates, but there is a gap between them and partners. You often feel like you work “for someone and their goals” instead of “with someone towards a common goal.” This is made clear to you with passive agressive comments when partners get stressed. - Very clear favoritism by the managing partner of certain employees. This sets bad precedent for the rest of the partnership to behave in the same way. - No proper work assignment system in corporate. - No cohesion in associate development between groups within the corporate umbrella. - No proper database for corporate precedent. - Fear of giving real feedback about superiors when asked: people tend to not say what they think about bad leaders/managers even in “anonymized reviews”. - No proper integration of new lateral hires. You see all these new faces walking around but no one bothered to introduce them and welcome them to the firm. - Focus on litigation and arbitration training and lack of focus on corporate.

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  8. "Still less salary than US Firms"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Best in class in almost every area of law in Germany

    Cons

    The salary is still considerably lower than US firm salaries

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Stay far away!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Helpful and friendly support staff, engaging Attorneys, good projects, decent benefits, PTO, good location, staff events, casual Friday’s, stocked fridge.

    Cons

    Where do I begin; incompetent management, even worse HR, worst yet, Prehistoric IT systems. IT management just hides and has no clue as to what’s happening around them. Management only there to collect a pay check, nothing else, if they were competent, they would at least help out or at the very least do what they are getting paid for instead of passing off their responsibilities to lower ranks who are over worked as it is.

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  10. "Good Firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits & collaborative environment

    Cons

    Overall technology improvements needed to stay competitive.

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