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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Reviews

Updated 19 Feb 2020

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3.6
63%
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Senior Partner and Managing Partner  Edward Braham and Stephan Eilers (no image)
Edward Braham and Stephan Eilers
20 Ratings
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  • "Very long hours that you are expected to be available to work - almost always working 9:30am-11pm(in 36 reviews)

  • "Lots of turnover so work/life balance suffered a lot(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to work, lovely office.

    Cons

    No cons, it's a great place to work.

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2020-01-31
  2. "Legal Solutions Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Paralegal in Manchester, England
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Pay isn't bad for a paralegal role; - Good working environment with helpful colleagues and managers; - Good depth of work.

    Cons

    - Quite a lot of administrative work, but that's the nature of a paralegal role.

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2020-02-10
  3. "Difficult to progress or feel valued"

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    Former Employee - Documentation Specialist in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The team are lovely and everyone is supportive and friendly. The benefits in the company are very good and the office itself is nice.

    Cons

    There is little opportunity for development unless you are a favourite among the team, people are overworked and training opportunities are limited. Even though many members of staff work hard and go above and beyond there is little to no positive feedback from management and people consistently feel undervalued or frustrated.

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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2020-02-18
  4. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Business Services Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and interesting projects. They are encouraging more agile working. The new office near Liverpool St looks great (moving from Fleet Street in Summer 2020).

    Cons

    Hard work which is to be expected. I had to move to another company to progress up the career ladder.

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-12-18
  5. "nope"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great clients. Strategic focus. Impressive people. Performance culture.

    Cons

    Cut-throat. Culture not great. Long hours

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-12-13
  6. "Engaging opportunity to work at a magic circle law firm"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good facilities reasonable pay

    Cons

    Lack of input in decision making, too many hours

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-11-26
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Average"

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    Former Employee - Documentation Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits Some great people to work with

    Cons

    Too many supervisors and seniors and not enough staff to do the work. Supervisors are often underskilled and don’t know what the operators actually do but somehow manage to talk the talk and get promoted. Day staff treated differently night staff Overloading of work We often got told by some fee earners (mostly associates and senior associates) how much they earn per hour as if it should make us work x10 harder for them. Lack of respect from fee earners over the phone (like above) Absolutely no progression no matter how hard you work

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-11-26
  8. "Good working environment which makes everyone thrive"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good supporting environment Interesting cases Good benefits package

    Cons

    Lots of tedious tasks

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-10-05
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible experience, terrible culture"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. You have an in house doctor

    Cons

    Terrible culture. There’s a huge gap between the lawyers and business services. If you’re not a lawyer you’re basically excluded of everything.

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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-11-02
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great pay, very high standards, and demanding work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Role (Non-lawyer) in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay, pension, medical insurance etc. Very high standards, you'll certainly learn a thing or two working here, which will stand you in good stead elsewhere. A very well-run organisation. Never dull. If you're going to work in a top city law firm in a business support role, then I'd recommend it.

    Cons

    If you're not a lawyer, it doesn't matter how senior you are in 'business support', you are still less than any partner. Very hard work - no let up, and long hours. You can't escape email.

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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-09-24

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