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Updated 29 December 2018
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Linklaters Firmwide Managing Partner Gideon Moore
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Pros
  • "Fantastic work life balance and supportive team" (in 10 reviews)

  • "The working environment is modern and the desk arrangement is good" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is non-existent" (in 26 reviews)

  • "You'll be expected to work long hours as a matter of course" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Good place if big ambitions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, excellent skilled colleagues, you get to see the biggest matters in the market. You learn a lot and you can develop your skills very well. In addition, you get a very good reputation in your CV.

    Cons

    You really get to work a lot and you are expected to have a lot of availability. Even on weekends or holidays you have to keep an eye on your phone and make some sacrifices.

    Advice to Management

    Good work, the biggest challenge is clearly to find a more balanced life for employees. It is not clear that this will ever arrive.


  2. "Awesome experience."

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

    I worked at Linklaters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting, diversified, work team, nice atmosphere

    Cons

    No cons, no cons, no cons, no cons.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to give.

  3. "Good if looking for work life balance and job perks, less if ambitious business team member."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee Perks: Free Gym Membership, Private Medical Insurance, Onsite Doctor etc.

    Cons

    2nd class citizen if not a lawyer. Large divide between business and practice. Minimal interaction between the two. Less socially.

    Advice to Management

    Realise the value the business teams bring


  4. "Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Internship offered many different experiences

    Cons

    Feedback system was lacking and non-functional


  5. "Business before Employees"

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    Current Employee - Secretary in London, England
    Current Employee - Secretary in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sort of reasonable salary

    Cons

    Not supportive
    No interest in employee health or wellbeing
    Supportive of bullies and unprofessional behaviour as long as the jobs being done

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge and address problems within departments
    Have a zero tolerance to bullies


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very racist-Not Diverse at all- probably diversity just for the press"

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    Former Employee - Service Desk in London, England
    Former Employee - Service Desk in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None really- work culture not accepting- very hierarchical.

    Cons

    Only Partners can enjoy working here. Others treated like second class citizens. God forbid ur a minority or a mother or a female! NO SUPPORT. But then again the male co-workers don't get any support either. As long as the partners are lining up their pockets - it's all well and good.

    Advice to Management

    Start supporting your staff and hiring people internally - especially ones who have the drive, skills and wish to remain in the company to work there! Even if they're not white or Oxbridge. Expand your graduate recruitment criteria- don't cut out sincere applicants- maybe hire people in grad recruitment who do really want hard working people as future partners and not just recruiters who are not bothered about the firm but just their take-home pay. hire people who are passionate to build their careers here for life!


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Inclusive environment looking to be even more so

    Cons

    The corporate environment isn't for everyone

  8. "Business teams"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The location and amenities in the London office are brilliant. There are lots of interests groups to join, like LGBTQ, BAME, Family and carers network.
    You work pretty autonomously which is good.

    Cons

    No room for career progression or support from line managers to help with that side of things.


  9. "Ruthlessly good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Linklaters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You'll work with some of the greatest legal minds in the world, as well as across all business service disciplines;
    The firm's commitment to technology and innovation impacts the entire business, and you'll be given great state of the art technology to enable flexible and efficient working;
    The food provision at the London office is unrivalled and frankly excellent

    Cons

    A larger than average proportion of the lawyers at the firm have attitude problems, having let the "Magic Circle" label get to their heads;
    There's a distinct feeling of "us" and "them" between the legal employees and business services (now "business teams“) staff, sadly demarcated by a lack of respect and professional courtesy shown by many of the former to the latter;
    Whilst legal salaries are good, business services salaries are average at best and frequently lag behind the market rates;
    You'll be expected to work long hours as a matter of course

    Advice to Management

    Changing the name of your business services staff to business teams doesn't change their connection to the firm. Work on more substantive ways of increasing engagement and redressing the balance.


  10. "Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great insight into to the company, improved soft skills.

    Cons

    The shadowing was only for 1 hour in the entire week, so didn'the gain much of an insight into what the trainees actually do.