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Allen & Overy Reviews

Updated 14 December 2018
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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. "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

  3. "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.


  4. 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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "Fair work environment, extremely long hours during peak season"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    Fair environment, helpful coworkers and culture

    Cons

    Exteremely long hours during peak season

  8. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Paralegal in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training is provided Good ethics

    Cons

    None to list a flexible firm


  9. "associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allen & Overy full-time

    Pros

    prestigious company, intellectual stimulating work

    Cons

    too demanding. no work life balance


  10. "21st century slavery"

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    Former Employee - Legal Associate in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Legal Associate in Madrid (Spain)

    Pros

    Central location and young people

    Cons

    Horrible work environment and pressure. Hours are inhuman and pay is low for a lawyer.