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Allens Australia Reviews

Updated 7 February 2019
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  1. "Great place to work"

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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 Allens Australia (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, incredible work, amazing training

    Cons

    Long hours, demanding clients, challenging work


  2. "Quality work but experience is partner dependant"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Associate in Melbourne

    I worked at Allens Australia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved my time at Allens because I worked for a great partner who looked out for me, but others struggled. Interesting work and mostly very nice people.

    Cons

    Overly technical, academic and conservative at times. Hard workers get slammed while others coast by. Not much of a firm culture in terms of social life.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    easy place to work and meet new people

    Cons

    beaurcpatic, and a lot of nepotism


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer
    Former Employee - Lawyer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allens Australia (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great top end work. Fantastic training. Get to work with very intelligent and motivated staff.

    Established law firm brand; well respected in the market.

    Cons

    Pay does not reflect the hours nor the market average.

    The hours are long and very demanding (frequent weekends, public holidays and even days of annual leave; even weeks at times working consecutively big hours without a day off). Very hierarchical firm where juniors are not given opportunities to step up to the next level or take on more responsibility.


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    "Non-legal corporate services (HR)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Allens Australia (More than a year)

    Pros

    Allens has a great profile and reputation amongst lawyers so it is very easy to attract good staff. Very well established policies and procedures in place. The Corporate Services department and the younger lawyers were friendly and appreciative.

    Cons

    I joined the Corporate Services department of Allens well qualified in my field and with great enthusiasm. I stayed with the firm for less than 2 years (my shortest tenure in 20+ years) and during this time lost a great amount of confidence mostly due to my interaction with many of the partners. Many were downright rude and showed no appreciation for the work done by HR. We were often blamed for things completely out of our control and it wasn't uncommon to be yelled at down the phone for no reason at all. Fortunately I saw the light and realised that I could be much happier in a different environment. I would not recommend this environment to people who dislike confrontation and may be somewhat sensitive to criticism.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice external veneer, shabby interior"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Services in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Corporate Services in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Allens Australia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great location (views from office)
    - Good commitment to philanthropic ideals
    - Some nice people

    Cons

    - Antiquated views
    - Too many empire builders among middle management and senior leaders
    - Worry about their reputations but behave appallingly with external vendors
    - Not ready for the future (technologically)
    - Lack of collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change, get better at managing and leading through change and sort out your work/life balance (just dreadful)


  7. "Allens"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allens Australia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great vibe
    staff amazing
    management ok

    Cons

    Somethings behind the times
    some offices better then others

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate Services ie. non-legal departments are a disaster"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Services in Sydney
    Former Employee - Corporate Services in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Allens Australia full-time

    Pros

    Highly regarded law firm
    Interesting work and great career opportunities if you are a lawyer
    Top quality office buildings and catering

    Cons

    Corporate Services ie. non-legal departments are a disaster. Teams are highly staffed yet barely productive, as a lot of time is wasted on arguing, backstabbing, gossiping and office politics in general. Pay seems to be determined on an ad hoc basis and not based on your performance or work output at all, so if you are not happy with your pay there is not much you can do about it except leave.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce time sheets for non-legal staff so you know where their time is going and which staff waste their time on office politics etc rather than doing work. Unproductive staff can then be weeded out to save on costs.


  9. "Corporate Services team member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Allens Australia full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent co-workers, interesting work, loads of development opportunities both personally / professionally, ownership over your career.

    Cons

    Lack of influence, hierarchical, stressful at times.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Completely dysfunctional"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Services
    Current Employee - Corporate Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Allens Australia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice offices, if you're a lawyer. Decent IT equipment. Some co-workers are nice, intelligent and are good to work with.

    Gym membership is nice.

    Cons

    Lots of long term workers, which is not a benefit. A lot of backstabbing and feifdom type behaviors in corporate services.

    Non-lawyers are absolute fodder and have zero value to the firm. Revolving door of senior staff who are pushed out to protect the status quo.

    Below market pay. Wouldn't recommend.

    Advice to Management

    Until you close that real gap between legal and support staff, the only staff you'll keep are the ones you don't want.