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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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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. 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.


  2. "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.

  3. 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


  4. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Women's Network events
    Great volunteering opportunities

    Cons

    No cons I can think of


  5. "ff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    its the top 1 ranking law firm in asia and common wealth

    Cons

    the culture reward aggressiveness and jerks-


  6. "A lot happened in 3.5 years"

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    Former Employee - Applications Operations Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Applications Operations Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A huge variety of work types, truly global and plenty of opportunities to be exposed to.

    Cons

    Sometime the pipeline was to broad to make changes quick enough to give the business the continuous benefit.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The firm offers excellent benefits for the staff and there are a number of social clubs for employees to join. The onsite doctor, dentist, gym, restaurant mean you never really have to leave the building. The culture is relaxed yet demanding in a sense that the work must be of the highest quality. Learning and development opportunities are readily available with an online portal and library of courses.

    Cons

    For those in business services there is little room to progress upwards, more so horizontally. The impending moves to Manchester mean there is a gloomy outlook for those in business services and whether they will remain in London. There are also a small hand of self-entitled members of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that they looks after the business services half of the firm as well as they do the legal half.

  8. "Junior Associate Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most spectacular pro is the salary, especially for a recent graduated in law/masters. In addition, in my opinion, the kind of client and cases you can work on are top level, comparing to other law firms based in Spain.

    Cons

    Many working hours. Fierce competition between teammates. Limited access to information when you are working on a case. Little involvement in meetings or discussions with clients. Lack of guidance by senior associates and partners.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the involvement of junior lawyers in meetings, cases and proceedings. Lead, teach and guide junior lawyers in order to achieve higher goals.


  9. "Good place to train and worl"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    highly rated magic circle firm

    Cons

    hours can be very very long


  10. "Amazing salary, god-awful inflexible hours."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant salary and benefits, particularly if you secure two years of law school funding.

    Friendly and supportive atmosphere.

    High level corporate work, if you're into that sort of stuff.

    Brilliant training opportunities. If you have lots of time and ambition and stamina, the world's yours for the taking.

    Cons

    Although it's possible to work remotely, it isn't encouraged out of core hours for anyone but parents. The standard is to be at your desk 9.30-7pm 5 days a week at a minimum. Part time work is virtually impossible to get or to maintain even if you get approval. Any parents have to make a lot of sacrifices to carry on working there.

    Part of this is a consequence of being a client-led girl in a competitive environment. Part of it is just being stuck in the dark ages.

    I was usually too busy all the time - if I left at 7pm for more than a week, I had 'capacity' for more work and was given more work.


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