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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Reviews

Updated May 16, 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. "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 (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!

  3. "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
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  4. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management and benefits. They take care of their people.

    Cons

    Long hours but good experience.

    Advice to Management

    They are great and care about their employees.


  6. "Unstuffy Law Firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people! Great corporate culture. Not so stuffy.

    Cons

    Lots of unnecessary and redundant training for staff.


  7. "excellent place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lawyers are for the most part fantastic to work with

    Cons

    Mid-management and Human Resources. Dreadful pressure put on staff for no reason causing huge problems , more staff taking sick days due to intense bullying and stress thus higher medical costs for both the firm and staff. These people make the firm look very very bad.The Lawyers are easier and they pay the wages!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Please hire higher educated people for Human Resources.

  8. "Working at Freshfields"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and driven colleagues both in fee-earning and business services; excellent reputation; respectful and inclusive culture; down-to-earth, friendly, genuine people; excellent career opportunities for those willing to work hard, be bold and try something new

    Cons

    Every organisation should be striving to improve its performance, working environment, engagement and culture and Freshfields is no different. But there is nothing that stands out to me as a "con" of working here. If there was I would have moved on a long time ago.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on greater transparency of communication, continued improvement in gender and other diversity work, more global and integrated business services operations and strategy


  9. "Summer associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International big law firm, magic circle in UK, a strong team on very main area of international law and professional colleagues

    Cons

    The work and life balance need to be promoted, which means the firm need to have more or multi -motivated solution for the staffs


  10. "Paralegal"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great offices and overtime and opportunities to move within different projects.

    Cons

    A lot of paralegals in the company so difficult to get more permanent position.

    Advice to Management

    none


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