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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Reviews

Updated 10 July 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people, interesting work and nice office space" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Competitive salary, competent supporting staff, high profile clients" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor work/life balance even for business services" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Hard to change direction, long hours" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Not just a job"

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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 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    * Management is supportive and has an interest in your personal development
    * Friendly and collaborative environment
    * Well respected brand

    Cons

    There are no significant cons noted


  2. "Big reputation firm"

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

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Great client, good canteen, very good perks

    Cons

    Hours can be very very difficult to cope with

  3. "Freat place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Career progession, good management, great work culture.

    Cons

    General standard office politics that you might imagine.


  4. "IT Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package

    Cons

    Poor treatment of support staff relative to lawyers


  5. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    The company was great to work for and a key place to start a career in law, in their Manchester office which comprises of mostly paralegals and support staff.

    Cons

    There is not much room for progression at their Manchester office as it's essential role is to support the London office an other offices across Europe and even further afield.


  6. "Trainee Solicitor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Good name on CV that will open doors in law
    High profile clients and big ticket deals and cases

    Cons

    Long hours
    Bad culture
    Juniors treated poorly
    Hardly any training
    High associate turnover rate from burning out
    Takes quite a few years of grinding it out before getting any responsibility

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your younger employees and create a culture in which they would actually want to continue working at the firm.


  7. "Business Services"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global centre is a terrific place to work. Plenty of opportunities for collaboration and some really innovative ideas are pushed forward. The office is comfortable with a great atmosphere and social scene.

    Cons

    The problem for me was the department being run from London. You'd get feedback from people that never worked with you and that affected your salary/bonus and more importantly your opportunities for any progression.

    Advice to Management

    Cut all the drama, keep things simple and recognise those that make your job easier.

  8. "Global Centre stretching itself."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    FBD Manchester has a pretty strong culture and the Centre has worked hard to communicate the values to its staff.

    Social events were well organised with plenty of staff perks. The offices are well equipped and the centre cafeteria is great.

    There is a strong sense of camaraderie amongst front-line staff.

    Wages are above market but be expected to work above and beyond for it.

    Cons

    In order to justify the relocation of certain business services to the new centre it seems certain departments are scrambling to take on work from Global offices. There was a sense that the offices who had work taken from them were not always happy and did not work collaboratively to transfer the work. In addition work was brought through without sufficient resource in the team leading to bigger workloads. From the conversations I had around the business this was the same in IT, HR and the Knowledge Bank.

    Working long hours may be expected in the legal profession but for lower paid business services it seems unreasonable to have this expectation.

    Advice to Management

    Resource properly and be clear and realistic with global offices about the timescales work transfer can take place.

    Provide better work/life balance or pay higher wages for longer hours.


  9. "Business services roles"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in London, England
    Former Employee - Human Resources in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great quality work
    I worked within a great team
    Had a great direct boss

    Cons

    The politics and complicated decision making structures

    Long hours and little thanks at times

    Advice to Management

    Greater recognition of the role of support services
    Important to think about charismatic leadership for these roles and retention of talent.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "The sleeping giant of the city"

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

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, good team spirt

    Cons

    A bit behind the times on the technology front


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