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I have been working at Chambers and Partners full-time (More than a year)
Chambers and Partners is a truly international company both internally with colleagues from all continents who speak more than 20 different languages and externally with clients based in more than 150 countries.
The people at Chambers are not only very well educated, but also friendly, ambitious, creative and very diverse. I particularly enjoy team outings and different activities with colleagues from other teams.
The work style seems to be very cooperative with colleagues as opposed to competitive. You have some independence and you can learn to manage your time and workload efficiently, this can be challenging sometimes especially with multiple deadlines, but I think it's an important skill to have in future jobs.
Although Chambers is the world market leader in the legal marketing sector it is still below the average salaries compared to its clients, which are the biggest law firms in the world. However, one needs to bear in mind that Chambers and Partners is a publishing company and not a law firm. Having said this, C&P is a good starting point for a successful career in other industries, because of the recognition and prestige of the brand globally.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Chambers and Partners (Holborn, England) in June 2013.
I interviewed for an IT role in summer 2013, as part of my research I read about the experiences of others on this site. I can verify that all the negative experiences of others are 100% true.
It was a good thing that I had done my research on glassdoor so I wasn't surprised when I was asked some outrageously personal questions - if I'd been unprepared I would have terminated the interview immediately. Questions such as "what do you parents do?" and "why are you single?" have no place in a 21st-century interview for an IT role, for an experienced professional.
As it was, the various interview sessions were a textbook example of how to annoy, alienate and unsettle candidates to the point that there was no way they'd consider working there. It truly was the most hilariously bizarre and creepy afternoon of my life.
The afternoon was roughly broken down into a one-to-one session (creepy questions and colour-choice psychometric nonsense), some technical questions with a panel of the current incumbents (other than a language barrier this was OK), a logical-reasoning Mensa-style puzzle exam and another one-to-one interview. The last interviewer kept me waiting outside their office for at least 30-mins (I could continue doing the puzzle exam), it wasn't until I said I wasn't prepared to wait an longer that I was ushered in (since others have also experienced this, perhaps it's part of the selection process, maybe to see if you'll stand-up for yourself). This session included more intrusively personal questions.
By far the worst interview experience of my career, offer instantly declined.
Reasons for Declining
I wouldn't work for a company that thought this was a good way to recruit.
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