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Norton Rose Fulbright Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Better work life balance than most city firms (in 5 reviews)

  • Some great people in the London office (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Complete failure in the work-life balance they boast so much about (in 9 reviews)

  • Support staff are expected to work just as long hours as the more senior staff with very little or no gratitude (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great Firm!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in West Covina, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in West Covina, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, training, people, and flexibility.

    Cons

    IT Dept needs to be accessible

    Advice to Management

    Not sure how Norton Rose is now after the merge.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Average BigLaw"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Houston/energy connections. Some passionate people. The merger with Norton Rose has been good for Fulbright.

    Cons

    Not enough sophisticated NY legal work.

    Advice to Management

    As most law firms, you need to get rid of renegade and/or unprofitable partners.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Secretaries are overworked"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Secretary in New York, NY

    I have been working at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time

    Pros

    They pay secretaries a high salary.

    Cons

    Ratio of attorneys to secretaries is too high. Some assignments are 6 attorneys to one secretary and if your "teammate" is out, you may have to cover 12 attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your secretaries and don't overwork them to the point of burnout.


  4. "litigation partner"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Complex legal questions and litigation

    Cons

    Very large international law firm. Difficult to develop relationships with partners


  5. Helpful (1)

    "They do not "walk the talk""

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    Former Employee - Communications Writer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Communications Writer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    First-class facilities, purports to be "diversity-friendly."

    Cons

    Managers do not do their jobs. They "don't have the time." Employees are expected to work without consistent input and performance reviews can come out of the blue, telling employees that they are not measuring up when throughout the previous year they have never been advised of this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure that the individuals who are promoted to "manager" are willing and able to devote the time needed for that position. Otherwise, prepare to be surprised when a negative evaluation comes your way.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Promotions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secretary in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Secretary in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Fair benefits, good teamwork, flexible commute, fun activities, bonus still being given

    Cons

    Low pay for staff, no possibility for promotion for secretaries, low morale, bring back 10% bonuses for ten year plus staff

    Advice to Management

    Hire/revamp management that cares about people, not just bottom line figures $$


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time

    Pros

    I love working at Norton Rose Fulbright! The people are great, they always have activities and food gatherings, and the paralegals have their own offices, which is really nice! Plus, their profit sharing is amazing!!!!

    Cons

    There really aren't any negatives at NRF!

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management! Keep up the great work.

  8. "Summer Associate"

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    Former Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    The firm has a collegial atmosphere, and most people are extremely approachable. I'm also impressed with their diversity initiatives. Another plus is the amount of women leaadership in the firm.

    Cons

    One of the biggest cons is their offer rate. Like other texas firms they dont offer 100% of the class, and it isnt for some egregious reason either.


  9. "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pearland, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pearland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere; good place to gain experience

    Cons

    Low on the pay scale; too large of a company and employees become just a number

    Advice to Management

    Be more interactive with those immediate under you; management training is needed for all supervisors.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "HORRIBLE PLACE TO WORK"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Accounting in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Client Accounting in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros do not recommended

    Cons

    Management is not knowledgeable at all. Client Accounting Financial manager, or whatever has no manager skills, constantly taking classes on how to manage. This department is based on friends inside the department. Human Resources is also under skilled from top to bottom. This firm is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with management degree's. Quit moving people into positions based on frienshouldn't No core values. Racism and harassment should not be allowed.


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