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Pros
  • Great people, interesting work and nice office space (in 9 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. Helpful (3)

    "avoid."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    salary is the only pro I can think of

    Cons

    terrible hostile political culture
    bullying management
    do it for as long as you can bear for the money but leave before you get burnt out


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Clueless business service managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lawyer's bring in the money, good location. Easy to get to. Company pays a good portion of the benefits, dedicated lawyers,

    Cons

    Clueless business service managers,foolishly spends money the lawyers bring in. Secretaries get hired and fired every two weeks, I mean don't they know how to recruit? Idiots!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all these useless managers, they are all clueless, especially the HR manager. Tech is ancient, get rid of the IT manger since he looks like he's afraid if his own shadow and get into the 21st century already!


  3. "Terrible IT - inbred and cliquey crowd with self interests and only surface camaraderie that breaks down easily."

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The money can be good and you can work from home. Large budgets for PR activities to try and raise their external profile mean you can socialise outside of the clique once in a while.

    Cons

    Terrible IT management who don't have a clue how to develop staff and push out new talent to make themselves look good. Training is not very structured and internal processes poor.

    Advice to Management

    Work on internal communication and bring empathy to your business model. Key projects fail when you don't support junior staff members and allow them to be victims of the blame game. You do not respect your own values.


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  5. "Hard to be junior lawyer here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Looks good on cv, pays well

    Cons

    Unfriendly bunch, not wiling to give responsibility to juniors, but expect full engagement in terms of hours and enthusiasm...


  6. "Really tough and thoroughly unrewarding both professionally and personally but for the idion, what does not kill you ..."

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    Former Employee - Banking Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Banking Lawyer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on huge international deals - very good for the CV.
    Opportunity to gain first class technical skills.
    Exposure to wide varied massive corporate clientelle.
    Some good pro bono opportunities.

    Cons

    Treated like an expendable machine part, chewed up and spat out - unless on very specific career development path of the highly revered few.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees with the respect they deserve and don't 'manage them out' by wearing them down with increasing hours and diminishing respect.


  7. "awful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    intelligent co-workers, great on the cv, top deals

    Cons

    management couldn't care less about the prospects of associates/stress levels/enormous working hours and the attrition rate is extremely high for associates - almost no chance of making partner and even if you do - they have forcefully removed huge numbers of equity partners some of whom are still there and angry

    Advice to Management

    greed is not necessarily good


  8. "Demeurez loin de Paris, bureaux français de Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer!!!" "Stay away from Paris, France office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer!!!"

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    Former Employee - Associate In International Arbitration in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Associate In International Arbitration in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Nom prestigieux sur votre CV – les employeurs sont toujours impressionnés lorsqu'ils voient que j'ai travaillé là.

    Prestigious name on your resume - employers are always impressed when they see that I worked there.

    Cons

    Aucun équilibre travail/vie privée, environnement coupe-gorge, superviseurs malhonnêtes, salaires extrêmement bas

    Zero work/life balance, cutthroat environment, dishonest supervisors, extremely low salary

    Advice to Management

    Traitez vos employés avec respect et payez-les décemment.

    treat your employees with respect and pay them fairly



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