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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Reviews

Updated 16 November 2018
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Pros
  • "interesting and challenging work, great people" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Great benefits & collaborative environment" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hard to change direction, long hours" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Poor work/life balance even for business services" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Not just a job"

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    • Culture & Values
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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. "Benefits"

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

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and holidays entitlement

    Cons

    Just looking to make money

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain staff

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Appalling HR leadership"

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

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fabulous group of HR senior managers and managers in 2018. All very experienced and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    HR leadership team is non existent. None of them have valid experience but are all paid ridiculous salaries.
    HR Services in Manchester is a disaster and the sooner the plug is pulled the better. The team in Manchester are so far removed from the legal professional world in London - it is truly alarming.

    Advice to Management

    New HR leadership team ASAP. Get rid of Manchester and bring the teams back to London.
    Take pride in the business services side of the firm.


  4. "Personal Assistant"

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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

    Salary is reasonable
    Good social side

    Cons

    Low morale
    PAs treated as inferior to EAs
    Restaurant is not subsidised as would be expected
    If you are used to a fast paced working life whereby you feel utilised to the best of your abilities then do not come to FBD


  5. "Senior Associate"

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

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    interesting and challenging work, great people

    Cons

    opaque management and unclear business direction


  6. "n/an/an/a"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment, colleagues and facilities

    Cons

    long hours although there is a lot of care for our healt


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lawyer"

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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

    Good brand. International outlook. Good people

    Cons

    Long hours. Slow career progression. Clear favoritism.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Low morale is endemic, particularly within Business Services"

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

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about the firm - the people

    Cons

    Business supprt staff who are not legally qualified are sadly not valued within the firm. Many senior managers completely lack people management skills, this sadly contributes to low staff morale. Both HR and IT are a shambles.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the IT infrastructure
    Show more respect to non-legal staff
    Provide non-legal staff in London with a policy for agile working.
    Address the issue of low morale


  9. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Trainee
    Current Employee - Trainee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work, good people, international

    Cons

    Long hours, trainee development is a shambles


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Assistant - stay away!"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Name on CV. Onsite gym.

    Cons

    Poor management- treated like children, do not recognise capabilities of certain members of staff, PA/EA restructure did not go to plan, mis-sold role, very boring and no room to progress. Certain areas of HR unresponsive, dated systems, everything takes an age to complete.