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4.0
88%
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Hogan Lovells CEO Stephen J. Immelt
Stephen J. Immelt
13 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great people - Excellent reputation - Top facilities and location - Decent work/life balance

    Cons

    - Can be volatile workload - Some deadlines set are unrealistic

    Hogan Lovells2019-09-13
  2. "Good firm"

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

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Team and culture Good infrastructure Quality of work

    Cons

    Bonus Lack of transparency on remuneration Open plan offices on some floors Lack of paralegals

    Hogan Lovells2019-05-21
  3. Helpful (2)

    "A fairly typical City law firm"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Better than some other City law firms.

    Cons

    Poor attitude generally to work-life balance.

    Hogan Lovells2018-10-25
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The culture and the people are fantastic. Work and clients are very good.

    Cons

    The bonus structure is really poor and the billable hours target it too high. Also lagging behind on genuinely implementing agile working.

    Advice to Management

    Create more non-partner career alternatives and concentrate on retaining the great culture of the firm.

    Hogan Lovells2018-01-18
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Hogan Lovells full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Mostly friendly culture, decent work life balance compared to other big firms, decent benefits and salary, some flexibility to working

    Cons

    No career prospects in my department, inflexible approach to moving abroad, poor management of workload - big periods of little to do and then suddenly overwhelmed with work

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your employees want if you don't want them to leave

    Hogan Lovells2017-07-18
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic environment - inconsistent work quality"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hogan Lovells full-time

    Pros

    Culture is fantastic Partners are wonderful Friendly Excellent benefits Client access Encouraged to follow own interests Good work life balance Great offices On site gym Not chased if don't meet targets

    Cons

    Work quality is patchy - feast or famine with engaging work. Inconsistency of work fosters competitive non-collegiate approach amidst associates, in-fighting for work.

    Advice to Management

    Permit associates to take some down time in between big transactions or cases ... you will retain your good people!

    Hogan Lovells2017-03-30
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Reputation. It opens doors. - Pay is very good. There are also bonuses but these are hard to get. Good benefits. - Friendly and supportive people

    Cons

    - Long and unpredictable hours but not as bad at Magic Circle/US firms - Flexible working is still not really a thing - Lack of transparency especially around pay and promotions

    Advice to Management

    Follow other city firms and introduce a flexible working policy that works and that people will sign up for. Increase transparency especially around pay and promotions.

    Hogan Lovells2016-03-18
  8. "Associates"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly, challenging work, good clients, good workplace networks (Women's Network, Pride, Multicultural Network), some good workplace perks.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be poor.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor utilisation and manage to allocate work fairly.

    Hogan Lovells2016-02-16
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great colleagues but terrible management and poor long-term vision"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hogan Lovells full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people here are a wonderful bunch, helpful, friendly and, from what I understand from my friends at other firms, less psychotic than your average top-flight lawyer in London. The firm is very well-respected and has some excellent departments, particularly finance. The work in general is good quality and the clients aren't too bad to work for. There is a very good in-house training team that keeps you topped up... regularly. The client floors also boast a professional pastry chef who is permanently ensconced upstairs, churning out tray after tray of cookies and pains aux raisins, which are both excellent.

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    Cons

    The work is very much the same as that you would get at other top-tier firms and with that comes the long and dreary working hours. The size of the firm means that sometimes you can feel like a very small and neglected cog in a huge multinational machine. As a trainee, you learn very little about how to do an associate's job because there isn't any real coherent strategy or guidance with regard to how different... departments should train them. This means that you really have to learn how to be a lawyer once you've qualified, not before. The firm's bonus system operates on a target hours basis. If you don't hit this figure for whatever reason (for example not having enough work in the department), you get nothing. Other firms such as Freshfields give bonuses according to performance, not hours, which would be preferable provided bosses are fair. There is also a discretionary bonus but nobody I've ever met in the firm knows anyone who's ever received this...Perks wise, other firms have more parties and all-expenses-paid work trips (ski holidays etc) than HL. There is a permanent air of austerity that pervades the entire firm when it comes to freebies and perks provided to employees but not when it comes to partners and their lavish client lunches and entertainment. It was a rather sore point when I was at the firm that the partners would regularly spend £600 of firm money on a lunch for four people and then not cough up a couple of hundred quid for a single drinks trolley on a Friday night at Christmas. Furthermore, the firm's international footprint doesn't really translate into international opportunities for its lawyers. Chances to go abroad as a trainee or qualified solicitor are few and far between and language skills are seriously undervalued. If you're looking to go abroad, there are many other firms out there that would make a better choice. Generally, the firm's management seems to have a very short-term view of everything (although I wonder whether this is the same at similar firms). For example, departments usually look at current, not future, business needs when hiring NQs. This means that if a department is quiet at qualification time but will probably get busy again soon after, that department won't hire anyone (even though they know that in 2 months' time, they will struggle to get the work done). This means that the firm has a terrible retention rate with a whole lot of great lawyers, whom other lawyers in those departments would like to hire, given no choice but to leave by management (and those lawyers left at the firm get worked even harder due to the firm being understaffed). The firm treats PAs in a similar way in that the PAs are not paid nearly as well as their peers at other firms and are constantly subjected to ridiculous management shake-ups that are pointless and distressing, given that they almost always end in some redundancies. The most talented PAs feel, quite rightly, that they are undervalued and jump ship at the earliest opportunity.

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    Advice to Management

    See cons above.

    Hogan Lovells2014-10-17
  10. "Former Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hogan Lovells full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Innovative, multinational and multicultural. I was very happy to hear about and live through the merger with Hogans and the firms are better for it. The work was cutting edge and the culture in London collegial and balanced. Most importantly the firm is innovative and open to ideas.

    Cons

    At the time I departed the firm was a year into the merger and working out kinks but that is to be expected for a trans-Atlantic deal. It was also just two years post-2008 so everyone was worried about the market. All recent history now.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to distinguish the firm as an innovator in the legal market

    Hogan Lovells2014-02-14
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