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Linklaters CEO Gideon Moore
Gideon Moore
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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (3)

    "Good place if big ambitions"

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    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. "Paralegal jobs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, life balance, great culture

    Cons

    Noting to add, everything is really cool

  3. "Miserable existence but decent money"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Decent salary (higher than most other UK firms but lower than US firms) - Good name on CV - Colleagues and supervisors are generally capable

    Cons

    - Awful work-life balance - Intensely political environment - Many people seem miserable - Work can be very dull

    Advice to Management

    What's the point of setting ambitious revenue targets at the expense of burning out ever more employees?

  4. Helpful (1)

    "2.5 years contracting at Linklaters"

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    Former Employee - Senior C# Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Linklaters is a very relaxed and friendly place to work at. I found that within the development team there was a strong desire to try new things out. They were very relaxed about working from home and on many occasions I would wake up in the morning and decide to work from home.

    Cons

    I found the organization ridiculously bureaucratic (perhaps a symptom of it being run by lawyers). They seemed to regard software development as an expense rather than an opportunity to reduce costs. Projects were driven by people who were largely clueless about software development lifecycles. This was compounded by the siloed (stovepipe) working environment, where other departments were often unhelpful.

    Advice to Management

    Much of the problems are cultural and revolve around the siloed work environment, which can only truly be address through restructuring.

  5. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time for more than 2 years

    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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

    I worked at Linklaters full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Canteen, gym on the site

    Cons

    Long Hours, Poor Senior Management

  7. "Internship"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Linklaters

      Pros

      Internship offered many different experiences

      Cons

      Feedback system was lacking and non-functional

    • Helpful (1)

      "Business before Employees"

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

      I have been working at Linklaters full-time for more 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

    • Helpful (3)

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

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      Former Employee - Service Desk in London, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at Linklaters part-time for more than 2 years

      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...

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    • "Good"

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        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

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