Ashurst Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 21 Dec 2020

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88%
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Ashurst Managing Partner Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins
29 Ratings
Pros
  • "Smarter working allowed you to work remotely so great for work/life balance(in 9 reviews)

  • "Very flexible working as long as the work is being done(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic firm"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smarter working allowed you to work remotely so great for work/life balance. Dress down in Glasgow so relaxed and no need for suits. Work challenging and interesting. Greta friendly and fun environment.

    Cons

    Lots of change to evolve the business but not always a bad thing

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    "Good work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    - variety of work - great people - company is growing from strength to strength - involve you on their path to success and provides lots of updates

    Cons

    - not a great work life balance


  3. "Award winning Firm"

    4.0
    Current Contractor - Legal in London, England

    I have been working at Ashurst

    Pros

    Great client base, Interesting work, tech focused

    Cons

    Traditional Hierarchical structure and engagement with staff, no work life balance

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Legal"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance Give you freedom to work around hours as long as work is done Partners and senior staff make a point of introducing themselves and maintain a relationship despite their senior role Lots of training looks great on CV

    Cons

    Terrible salary Weeks of having absolutely no work yet they continue to hire more staff Little to no development opportunities for certain teams

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  5. "Great!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Great people and good culture and values

    Cons

    very little or no work life balance

  6. "Ashurst"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly people, very well-respected lawyers, good work-life balance (if you not a lawyer)

    Cons

    Very late adopters of new tech (just like many other law firms, remuneration not necessarily linked to performance and experience

  7. "Legal Analyst"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ashurst full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture and people. The work is very international as you are always working alongside other offices in the firm's network. Working with large, well known clients all the time.Good management as well.

    Cons

    Salary could be slightly higher but it is comparable to similar positions and there is a good work / life balance.

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    "No career development, incompetent lazy management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Legal Compliance Function in London, England
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst

    Pros

    -Diverse, -Good work/life balance compared with other firms,

    Cons

    -Human Resources are only interested in helping management to secure their interests rather than dealing with valid and continuous complaints by staff. -Compliance manager has managed to be paid for two years for doing absolutely nothing other than making staff's life a nightmare. -Zero training provided when it is an essential part of departmental growth. -People in the department are treated differently and given different benefits depending on whether manager is threatened by you or not. -Impossible to book in statutory annual leave. -No checks and balances on senior management's performance, meaning staff get zero credit and no exposure to other management. -No chance of promotion.

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  9. "Good silver circle firm, but struggling after the recession"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in City of London, England
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst

    Pros

    Everyone is very proud of the Ashurst culture of sparking minds and it's true that there are some very bright and inspriring people there. Work life balance is definitely better than at magic circle firms.

    Cons

    It's been a bit of a mess there lately - lots of people are leaving, the work hasn't really picked up yet after the recession, and senior management has very poor leadership and communication skills. The partners have a little bit of a mentality of "it's them not us" and no one wants to take responsibility for anything.

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    "Great place to work, but"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really collaborative BD team, excellent work life balance, strong mentoring and training from senior management, great feedback culture which is led by the firm's management and opportunities for progression.

    Cons

    Support staff get treated as sub-par employees to fee-earners. 70-80% of partners and lawyers are disgustingly rude and condescending to support staff on the regular. This is a regressive way to think as top talent won't stick around in that culture, and Ashurst has a negative reputation for this in the market globally. If you can't stick out constantly being treated as less competent, intelligent or worthy as someone who has a law degree, Ashurst might not be the right place for you...

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