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Allen & Overy Reviews

Updated 6 March 2019
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Allen & Overy Senior partner Wim Dejonghe
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  • "The quality of work is good - good cases and good clients because of the reputation that the firm has" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Working environment was very good" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal
    Current Employee - Paralegal

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, get to work on great matters and learn so much in a short space of time.

    Cons

    Hours can be horrendous at times.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise the quality of the work of the women in the office and place less value on interpersonal male friendships when it comes to promotion


  2. "Sydney office - Not a long term prospect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Great brand to have on your CV
    Opportunities in terms of variety of work

    Cons

    Lack of career progression or training
    Unrealistic expectations
    No recognition or reward when you go above and beyond
    Very lean teams so you end up doing the job of 3 people
    Culture became less collaborative/friendly and more siloed
    Burn out. Sustainable for a short period but not long term

    Advice to Management

    Recognise your employees so you stop losing good talent.
    Actually provide flexibility to employees, not just expect them to be flexible for you.
    Focus more on career progression.

  3. "Lawyer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    depends on the team but generally good working culture

    Cons

    Bad Life and work balance


  4. "Challenging and rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Excellent quality of work. Surrounded by smart and hardworking team.

    Cons

    Long hours. 25/7 availability.

    Advice to Management

    Manage balance of work for Associates.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good branding for you CV"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    High caliber of work and clients. Branding on CV yields good opportunities after leaving the firm.

    Cons

    Long hours, at times difficult culture.


  6. "Lawyer"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, open culture with lots of team work and open management team. top of the market compensation for private law practice

    Cons

    Work/life balance is hard to achieve, very lean team means lawyers of all level work very long hours to met client demands

    Advice to Management

    Hire more lawyers to make workload more manageable


  7. "Great place to work. High performing and fantastic benefits."

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    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overseas opportunities; great work; quality people.

    Cons

    Competitive; lack of progression opportunities; top end of market so not much work available.

    Advice to Management

    Promote internally

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allen & Overy part-time

    Pros

    Work life balance . Lovely team

    Cons

    Lack of progression for part time people


  9. "Wonderful culture"

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    Current Employee - Panel Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Panel Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allen & Overy part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people & culture from my experience so far (4 weeks in!) is absolutely amazing - everyone from my direct team, the trainers, other employees I have met so far have been so welcoming and friendly and helpful. Their approach to flexible working is a breathe of fresh air

    Cons

    nothing so far to comment on as 4 weeks in and my experiences so far have been positive!


  10. "Style over substance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location & office facilities
    Good focus on wellbeing
    Innovative performance management

    Cons

    Poor career progression in support
    Disjointed leadership in some areas

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff more as individuals and recognise their value and skills, not as commodities to move around on a whim