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Clifford Chance Reviews

Updated 8 April 2019
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance with opportunities to Learn & Explore" (in 7 reviews)

  • "relaxed work environment and work pressure" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unpredictable workload and long hours" (in 30 reviews)

  • "Inspiring a strong work ethic can create work life balance challenges" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "A great workplace"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee friendly
    Lot of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    I don't think there are any cons


  2. "Legal Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    Very welcoming company despite being in the magic circle.

    Cons

    None that I can think of!

  3. "Finance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, lovely people, down to earth

    Cons

    It would be great to be based in one building together instead of split sites


  4. "Clifford Chance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in London, England
    Current Employee - Partner in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    amazing for your CV and there is a lot of satisfaction in doing the work

    Cons

    Hours are very long but, you get paid accordingly

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that we get more up to date feedback on our work


  5. "Embarassing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    gym and canteen on site

    Cons

    unflexible, senior management do not work together at all, line manager manages by fear, high attrition rate

    Advice to Management

    take HR issues seriously, re-fresh structure


  6. "long Hours"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, facilities are good with on site gym

    Cons

    Management only interested in billable hours, Family life takes a battering.
    Long term staff can be vindictive to newbies

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff


  7. "Stagiaire"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great teams, interesting work with top clients

    Cons

    Demanding working hours, but it is just similar to other major law firms

  8. "Great place, all about the people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting place, great people, hard work but worth it

    Cons

    Not everyone is prepared to work as hard as they should


  9. Helpful (3)

    "MicroManage"

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    Former Employee - Document Controller in London, England
    Former Employee - Document Controller in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As far as I could tell - no pros if you are support staff working shift patterns

    Cons

    Great if you are a lawyer - terrible for support staff. especially overnighters. Not allowed to use the gym or sleep in lunch break to catch up on missed sleep. No awareness of the hardship of working overnight shift patterns. All the advertised perks in job ads not available to night staff. Brutal and mean - micro managed.


  10. "associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    Good work, high level of responsibility, good brand name

    Cons

    Long hours, average pay, high turnovwr