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Norton Rose Fulbright Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Better work life balance than most city firms (in 5 reviews)

  • Global law firm that does not yet have the cut-throat atmosphere of the magic circle (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Complete failure in the work-life balance they boast so much about (in 10 reviews)

  • Support staff are expected to work just as long hours as the more senior staff with very little or no gratitude (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Best career opportunity at this point in my life."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly but very professional. THIS is what it's like to work for a great organization. This firm exceeded my expectations from the very first day. There is an opportunity for advancement for me and I feel confident everyday in my capabilities. I will grow here.

    Cons

    None except for the traffic. The cost of the parking pass is crazy but you make up for it in the competitive salary.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! I feel like I belong!


  2. "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is great as they moved to Cravath scale. I am struggling to say much else in terms of the positives.

    Cons

    Management is entirely money driven, hence the recent combination with Chadbourne. Associates are only viewed as a revenue input, nothing more.

    Advice to Management

    Treat associates and staff in a much more personable manner. People will leave (in addition to all of those already departed) if you are unwilling to make positive changes.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "HATEFUL place"

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

    Pros

    ZERO pros, AWFUL place, so hateful

    Cons

    Horribly run company, sinking ship, no human emotions here.

    Advice to Management

    I have never been more mistreated by a company in my life. Show some kindness and compassion. This is not what the original founders of this firm had in mind.


  4. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, less hours than other big law firms

    Cons

    Old fashioned culture - feel like the law firm is still in the 60's


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Average BigLaw"

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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.


  6. "_"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time

    Pros

    Large law firm in Los Angeles

    Cons

    No material downsides to discuss

    Advice to Management

    I have no comment here


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Secretaries are overworked"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Worst experience of my life"

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

    Pros

    Wonderful attorneys, great history. Was excited to be a part of it.

    Cons

    The staff! They were all so busy backstabbing each other that they forgot to be a team.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to being a law firm not a corporation. Your people are miserable and it shows. There is no support or teamwork. It is all about the blame game. If you have managers that lie, what does that say about the executives? I wonder if the partners are aware of all of this.


  9. "Great Firm!!"

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    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.


  10. "Review!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment! Friendly people.

    Cons

    Lower end of paying scale


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