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Clifford Chance Reviews

Updated 3 December 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance with opportunities to Learn & Explore" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Carries weight on the CV for future employment as a fee earner/lawyer in other law firms (but rationale doesn't apply for support service roles)" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unpredictable workload and long hours" (in 29 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. "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

  3. "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


  4. "long Hours"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "Great place, all about the people"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not long-term"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clifford Chance full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff and good work life balance

    Cons

    limited chances of progression there


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate UK"

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

    I have been working at Clifford Chance (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work, great office, decent people, decent rumuneration, great for CV

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful workloads, difficult to hit targets, no incentive to do anything other than billable work.

    Advice to Management

    Kill the billable hour or at least remove it from your assessment of an employee’s contribution as it only incentivises inefficiency.


  10. "HR"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment with challenging work where you can really make a difference. Get great exposure to a wide range of professionals, international/global environment but doesn’t feel to big where I’m just a number. Business services feels part of the whole Firm and not just a support function. Firm clearly forward thinking and embracing change.

    Cons

    There are challenges every day but in a good way.

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving change and innovation but ensure you join it up and engage associates and employees on the way.