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Linklaters Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Linklaters Firmwide Managing Partner Gideon Moore
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Pros
  • Fantastic work life balance and supportive team (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people who are knowledgeable and bright (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is non-existent (in 17 reviews)

  • Long hours (however it is common in the industry) (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Linklaters"

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

    Pros

    Classy and British. Everyone is very polite and approachable. Work load not as demanding as other big law. Strong international presence.

    Cons

    International work which make hours weird occasionally. Not as prestigious as other super rich firms in US.

    Advice to Management

    More transparent on the performance review process and bonus. Give feedback on whether on par track earlier.


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scarsdale, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scarsdale, NY

    I worked at Linklaters (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cross-border work flow, London based training for entry level associates and a lot of secondment opportunities

    Cons

    Not much room for new counsel and partner positions in the US

    Advice to Management

    more mentorship at early years

  3. "good international firm with interesting cross-border work and collegiate environment"

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    Current Employee - Managing Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linklaters (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegiate work environment; great benefits; well-respected international firm; a lot of secondment opportunities to other offices within the firm; interesting cross-border work.

    Cons

    The US offices play a support role to the London office; lack of good US work. Difficult to make counsel/partner for US associates.


  4. "Girls Club/Boys Club"

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    Former Employee - Legal Executive Assistant - Assistant in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Executive Assistant - Assistant in Staten Island, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Salaries and bonuses.

    Cons

    Too Many clubs. In order to get along there you have to be part of a clique.

    Advice to Management

    Secretarial "supervisors" are useless...


  5. "No Place For Homegrown US Associates"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent hours, good lateral and in-house opportunities.

    Cons

    The partner I worked for was a toxic individual who thought it would be productive to humiliate and berate his human capital.

    Dedicated US associates routinely got screwed over in different ways.

    Advice to Management

    Get your partners under control. Humiliating associates during deals and performance reviews is not good human resources management.


  6. "Terrific place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are the happiest, friendliest group

    Cons

    No advancement in the company


  7. Helpful (11)

    "A Mixed Bag for Employees"

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

    Pros

    Linklaters is a top-ranked law firm, and you do have prestige if you work for them. The benefits and pay (including top-tier health insurance, excellent retirement plans, and noteworthy annual bonuses) are among the best you'll find at a law firm. Most of the people are extremely professional and friendly, and HR has clearly made an effort to hire a diverse group of employees. Nearly all attorneys and support staff are exceptionally well-educated and many attorneys hired have expertise in multiple areas or have particular experience beyond a "normal" law school graduate-- ie, significant international experience, community service background, or advanced degrees in other areas along with their law degree.

    There is an air of casual camaraderie and teamwork at the firm. Hours tend to be very flexible in times of illness or personal changes, and vacation allowances are very generous. The company is growing at a steady and significant rate and works with some of the biggest corporations, companies and other entities in the world. It has offices scattered around the globe, allowing for a good amount of cultural exchange, work on international projects, and the opportunity to be transferred to other offices for temporary assignments for both administrative and legal staff.

    The firm is also heavily involved in community service projects and makes a good effort to promote involvement (fundraisers, walks, collections, emphasizing pro bono work, "green" office practices) among every level of staff. Linklaters also makes efforts to cultivate a "team" feeling with regular meetings among specific sections of employees, a large common room and other amenities such as pantries and coffee on every floor, two annual staff parties, and various social activities. The atmosphere is warm and employees seem generally content.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is notable (forms, procedures, and "best practices" policies can be tedious) and things like which software programs are used can seem somewhat lacking compared to other law firms in the U.S. as Linklaters is based in London and often uses European systems and procedures. Some lawyers and staff find this frustrating. Upper management and HR has a tendency to spread important information haphazardly, often letting administrative staff know of important changes last or telling certain groups of attorneys certain information at different times, leading to general confusion over who knows what when, and who can discuss information with whom. HR can be a little too hands-off at times, seemingly leaving day to day evaluations and problem solving entirely up to individual departments (showing a lack of firm-wide consistency) and lacking in a centralized system to share complaints, ideas or concerns anonymously or otherwise.

    While a corporate law firm naturally breeds a hierarchical system to a certain extent, not enough is done to ensure that staff and attorneys at lower levels are fairly and equally assigned work, leaving some attorneys and staff desperately swamped, and others literally twiddling their thumbs for days. This hierarchical system, as in many corporate settings, also breeds some mistreatment of newer employees (both attorneys and support staff) by more senior employees at Linklaters, but there is little recourse for complaints beyond simply moving on to another firm. "Politics" among even senior staff is also quite apparent at times, and personality conflicts are sometimes observed to have a detrimental effect on other staff not directly involved in disputes.

    There is also a great disparity of knowledge among departments and higher/lower levels of employees within those departments (ie, many staff in one department have very little idea of what goes on in other areas of the firm, and within individual departments little is done to expand knowledge of the department's specialties for administrative and support staff). Administrative/support staff often seem frustrated by the lack of opportunity for career or other advancement along with the small amount of professional development opportunities. Attorneys can appear to be "pigeon-holed" into working on one type of issue, or with one senior attorney or on one particular matter, and it can be difficult to advance to other areas or expand experience beyond a narrow scope.

    Advice to Management

    --Work on improving how and when information is shared among various levels of staff
    --Increase opportunities for administrative personnel to advance and gain professional development experience
    --Outline a better plan for division of labor among staff in various departments, and better track who is working with whom, and on which issues to spread assignments evenly
    --Eliminate as much unnecessary bureaucracy as possible
    --Provide an avenue for employees to give anonymous feedback and suggestions
    --Develop stronger learning programs to enhance employees' abilities to form good working relationships amongst each other and improve overall firm success

  8. "Linklaters experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues; Biglaw pay and bonus.

    Cons

    Very little partnership opportunities in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more clear career paths to partnership or be more forthcoming regarding promotion expectations.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "US Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some interesting people who work here.

    Cons

    The work environment can be difficult. Non-professional behavior is often overlooked. There is a tolerance for dishonesty at all levels of the firm.


  10. "Former Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good internal environment.

    Cons

    UK focus impedes US development


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