Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Reviews

Updated 13 May 2021

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Senior Partner and Managing Partner  Edward Braham and Stephan Eilers (no image)
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49 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and location good quality firm(in 19 reviews)

  • "Friendly colleagues, good benefits, great career path(in 13 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours, requires strong will power/dertermination(in 45 reviews)

  • "Long working hours and demanding clients(in 16 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Pressure cooker

      17 Mar 2021 - Associate in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You will meet the most intelligent, charismatic and driven people in your peers. The firm's processes will shape you into a detail-oriented strategic thinker that can handle extreme pressure. Great opportunities for client secondments and exits into in-house counsel. If you find a rhythm after your training contract and after your first year of being an Associate, it can be excellent - fantastic salary, cerebral work and no death spiral of hours. But you always know that the next email could be the one to ruin your weekend / take you back into 100 hour weeks.

      Cons

      The trade off is that you give your life to the job for long periods at a time. Disappearing for months at a time, and never being able to make or keep plans. This is more generally a comment for top law firms than it is for Freshfields alone. Although the firm is international, travel is rare. They could do a lot more to leverage the network of offices. Unless you want to leave to join a client or the government, you won't receive any exit support. Offices are relatively silo'd. The firm needs a c-suite to run it like a company.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Culturally sick

      30 Apr 2021 - Document Specialist in Manchester, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some very nice colleagues with great experience. Culturally truly diverse. Many fee earners were nice and easy to work with.

      Cons

      Where do I start? People in Business Services, particularly in Manchester are under-valued and not appreciated by the management. Unbelievable favouritism. If you are the management;s favourite, you get away with lot i.e. being late every day and doing little or no work, followed by a promotion. If you are not, you are quickly managed out. namely by using PIPs and other 'tools'. A lot of time and money is spent on Continuous Improvement with no or little positive result. Courses involved building legos! Come one, this is supposed to be a Magic Circle law firm. Document production workflow system doesn't work but you can say so. It's all political. Far too much money has been spent on it. High turnover of staff, many leaving all of a sudden.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      S

      12 May 2021 - Paralegal in Manchester, England, England
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      Pros

      You are able to work on international deals.

      Cons

      There aren't any main cons.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      11 May 2021 - Executive Assistant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The benefits are great at the firm.

      Cons

      Once at the top nowhere to go

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great firm

      9 May 2021 - Trainee Solicitor in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Great work and responsibility as a trainee

      Cons

      Long hours sometimes but very rare

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Paralegal

      11 May 2021 - Paralegal in London, England, England
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      Pros

      I have only been here for a month but everyone is friendly and willing to help

      Cons

      Working in large group hard to get to know everyone

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Ok

      13 May 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits, office and team

      Cons

      Poor management of redundancies and move to Manchester

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Bunch Of Jokers Running the firm from outside

      6 May 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England, England
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      Pros

      Nothing to talked on, even writing this is a joke.

      Cons

      Recruitment Process Senior Leadership No Clarity No Vision

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Hard work but a great learning environment

      15 Apr 2021 - Senior Associate in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Friendly, extremely bright people, first rate work

      Cons

      Long hours and slow progression

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Good company

      15 Apr 2021 - Human Resources Advisor in Manchester, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great people to work with

      Cons

      no career progression in HR

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