DWF Employee Reviews about "flexible working"

Updated 16 Dec 2020

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  • "Paralegals overworked with little praise, low pay, consistently criticised and management is non existent(in 14 reviews)

  • "Worse still, in a conversation with HR I was reminded that when I DO return to work that I will again be required to work long hours to meet(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "small cog in a large wheel"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solicitor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DWF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working. Good views from the 31st floor of The Walkie Talkie.

    Cons

    Corporate culture. Little opportunity to make an impact or be recognised.

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  2. Helpful (1)

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    1.0
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Manchester, England

    I worked at DWF full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible working hours s s

    Cons

    Very overworked and underpaid, extreme workload


  3. "Billing specialist"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DWF full-time

    Pros

    Good leadership Good system Amazing and friendly staff Training is good you feel welcomed Flexible working

    Cons

    No future opportunities Higher management taking all the credit - not feeling appreciated

  4. Helpful (4)

    "Poor"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solicitor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DWF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Main pro is flexible working & there is some innovation

    Cons

    Cons Outweigh the pros-factory like atmosphere, poor financial rewards, high staff turnover, constant IT problems, high handed treatment of staff reflects their origins in volume work and does not inspire loyalty

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Bridge to your real career - no progression"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Liverpool, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DWF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working pattern Casual clothing

    Cons

    No progression. You are going to be stuck doing the same job until you quit your job for a better opportunity or get a training contract elsewhere. You will see new faces in the office everyday because the turnover is high and the management can’t keep up with the leavers (why do you think they are leaving?) Too many cases to handle on your own Each team has its own rules and the manager is in charge, HR will just side with them without investigating or following their policy. Low salary for the work the paralegals do. The paralegals do all the work but get paid less. New systems in place every day and they want to stay in control of you, they are close to becoming micro managers.

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  6. Helpful (7)

    "I'd rather be unemployed"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Staff in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DWF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ever so slightly flexible working hours

    Cons

    Literally everything else Company will do anything to avoid paying their staff a fair wage (or anything at all if possible). They have a 'yes man' culture of only promoting the mindless ones who will blindly follow the leader which has developed a weird, inbred and disfunctional management structure of incompetent people who are not suited to the role due to their inability to think for themselves. They have actively colluded against and tried to frame a member of staff in an attempt to force them out. Male managers find it appropriate to make comments about other manager's breasts. Senior leadership has no quarms about telling managers to "shut up" in front of the staff they are meant to supervise. The company is paralysed by red tape, inefficient communication and a deeply ingrained fear of highlighting issues to those above them. The CEO, who recently abandoned ship, had the right idea.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "A company lacking leadership and direction"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agile and flexible working options

    Cons

    Poor and aggressive leadership throughout all areas of the organisation. ‘Manchester-centric’ thinking with an unarticulated global strategy. The global expansion has been far too aggressive as the CEO appears to like new and shiny things, which leaves the rest of the company unattended and poorly run.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Solicitor in Liverpool, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    reasonable salary, flexible working, parking discounts

    Cons

    lack of support staff, lack of management structure, disorganisation.

  9. "Ambitious and flexible employer"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DWF full-time

    Pros

    - Strong and adventurous vision and determined to succeed - Management encourage employees to develop strong relationships within and outside the business - Supportive managers, directors and partners - Friendly staff - Flexible working - Flexibility in your role - able to set your own priorities and objectives - Encourages learning and development

    Cons

    DWF's rapidly growing nature means it often lacks structure.

  10. "Like most companies has pro's and con's"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DWF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The intention to do better, as a firm, for its individuals and for its clients is always there. Its part of the core values. Some of that translates well. Agile/Flexible working allows a greater work/life balance. There is always willingness to try to do thing differently

    Cons

    Some of the benefits are not always translated through to everyone. A lot boils down to individual managers and their resistance or reluctance to change. Ideas that get presented to board level get accepted, but sometimes fails to transcend to the working levels - meaning that new benefits do not go anywhere.

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