Ashurst Employee Reviews about "working hours"

Updated 20 Sep 2020

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Ashurst Managing Partner Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins
30 Ratings
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  • "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. "Ok"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lawyer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Great facilities and great culture

    Cons

    Can be very long working hours.

  2. "Recommendable to Friend for work"

    3.0
    Programmer Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends

    I worked at Ashurst

    Pros

    Big Name Big company good experience of Corporate culture

    Cons

    Nothing downside for this company except not having flexible working hours

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  3. "Working hours"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Trainee Associate 

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Great learning place, good environment and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Long working hours. Small team.

  4. "Great place to work at"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Practice Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home. Divers environment

    Cons

    long working hours, not enough advice from upper management

  5. "Friendly culture and colleagues"

    4.0
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I worked at Ashurst

    Pros

    Lawyers are nice and willing to teach

    Cons

    working hours may be quite variable

  6. "Great people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Great people, supportive of flexible working

    Cons

    Long working hours - difficult to have social life

  7. Helpful (9)

    "You deserve better"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Starting salary AU$76,000 A few brilliant lawyers - you have to look hard to find them Good location (Circular Quay)

    Cons

    Once Blake Dawson became Ashurst, management pushed for higher KPIs, pushed out the normal partners and staff, and encouraged longer working hours for all. Those that weren't pushed out left - have a look at Lawyers Weekly and you'll see there's a constant exodus of partners who have worked there for several years/decades. Like many professional services firms, Ashurst has succumbed to the exploitative nature of billing per hour - the partners push everyone to work longer hours into the evenings and weekends and holidays, without giving an increased salary, bonus, or time off - because they make more money, of course. Ashurst is top tier, but not in the top three like Freehills, KWM or Allens - meaning they don't get the biggest and best matters. Billable hour target has gone up to 7 hours a day (high for Australia, but not high for Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Toronto or New York) - this means you will probably do about 3 hours of admin, so minimum 10 hour days. Expect to eat lunch (and dinner) at your desk while you work. Lawyers are encouraged to bill in chunks - eg 8:30 am to 1 pm (lunchtime) - even if they stop for coffee, chatting, reading the paper, bathroom, morning teas, etc. The work done for clients is often a waste of their time/money. For example, a draft agreement will be done by a graduate - 3 hours, then reviewed by a junior lawyer for an hour, then reviewed by a senior associate and completely changed, then reviewed by the partner who again will change it. Don't come in with the expectation that you will be mentored and taught the ropes - you're unlikely to find that. Instead, teach yourself what you need to know and bill, bill, bill. Otherwise you can expect to be put on a performance management plan or asked to leave. Most summer clerks will find that their "graduate offer" start date is in 2-3 years time. There is little to no attention to mental health issues. When there is a suicide at the firm, an email is sent around saying "X has unfortunately passed away." It takes longer than ever before to make partner. In the 1970s and 80s it would have taken 5 years; in the 1990s, maybe 7-9 years; since 2000, it takes around 10-15 years, but for those starting now, it will be unlikely that you make partner in the less than 16 years. You can be in the exception if you have great connections or you can develop strong clients and use that as leverage - "either I'll take these clients to another firm or you'll give me partnership". Don't expect it to be handed to you. There are virtually no inspiring personalities in the partnership. There used to be plenty - Elizabeth Broderick, Alan Cameron, Ron McCallum are some examples. Many of the partners have huge insecurities and issues in their personal lives - divorced, never see their kids, cheating, etc. Sometimes the cheating occurs with staff, and when it gets out, they are all asked to leave. This is not specific to Ashurst, but arguably more prevalent because of the negative culture. There is a bloated administrative team (marketing, HR, learning & development) that delivers far less value than they are worth - and often cause as many problems as they solve. The firm is getting smarter on outsourcing, but it still well behind the curve technologically. Terrible food for lunches and dinners.

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