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Edward Braham and Stephan Eilers
7 Ratings
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  • "Long hour, leaving super late, no work-life balance(in 13 reviews)

  • "long hours although there is a lot of care for our healt(in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Not just a job"

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    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

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2018-06-28
  2. "PA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, lovely office

    Cons

    Very quiet and stuffy

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-03-28
  3. "Presurised"

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    Former Employee - Global Service Desk Analyst in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Extra payment for OoO

    Cons

    Presurized and people turnover. Long night shift

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-02-26
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Negative cultural shift"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A firm full of smart people doing interesting, well paid work. Decent benefits and great reputation.

    Cons

    Cuts over the past few years and changes to the partnership structure putting overwhelming pressure on junior people in the firm. Collegiate and positive vibes in the past morphed into a toxic, unpleasant, cut-throat atmosphere. Cuts to business services without investment in systems has led to functions failing/being run to the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, prioritise cultural shift immediately.

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-03-05
  5. "Not for me"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Receptionist in London, England
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big offices in nice location

    Cons

    Big difference on salary and benefits between the Freshfields reception members and the OC reception members (OC's very poor to compare).

    Advice to Management

    Should man the reception only by Freshfields employees or by Office Concierge. The difference on salary and benefits are not encouraging OC staff to stay.

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-02-19
  6. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Can get involved in high profile cases

    Cons

    Can be asked to work long hours

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-01-30
  7. "Mixed bag"

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

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer full-time

    Pros

    Some good people. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Some not so good people. Odd culture

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-02-11
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Trainee and then corporate associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great deals, good brand name, allowed to take on a lot of responsibility from a junior level and comprehensive training

    Cons

    Management decided to offer all PAs redundancy about 18 months ago as part of a cost cutting exercise and relocate the whole support staff to Manchester. Many of the PAs who had been there for years left, as did support staff, so the culture which had been very good when I started, was mostly lost. Associates felt they had no proper support and were just being beasted on hours constantly, with no down time. The firm became...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay proper remuneration to the key rain-making partners to stop them moving to US firms. Try and bring back Freshfields' culture and feeling of being valued among the workforce

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-01-22
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Look out for yourself"

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Business Development 

    I worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Pros

    Good benefits package and facilities

    Cons

    Divided organisation with turf wars

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-01-22
  10. "Excellent but not without faults"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary for paralegals, overtime given Work can be challenging - you’re not stuck doing admin tasks such as filing, making bundles ect

    Cons

    No career progression for paralegals - but that is to be expected Very long hours that you are expected to be available to work - almost always working 9:30am-11pm Can get political - my dealings with “paralegals” based in Manchester are that they are completely hopeless, I am stuck fixing their work most of the time. Freshfields have spent too much money establishing Manchester to ever see that it is that bad - would...

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    Advice to Management

    Improve Manchester to allow London staff to focus on doing their job instead of always fixing Manchester’s problems

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer2019-01-09
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