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Updated 15 October 2018
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Pros
  • "Great environment, friendly people, very well-respected lawyers, good work-life balance (if you not a lawyer)" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Found HR to be very supportive, they like to keep good people" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Support staff management is very top heavy and there are a lot of people who manage to get by, by doing very little which stifles new talent" (in 6 reviews)

  • "long hours, not v competitive salaries" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent company"

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

    I have been working at Ashurst part-time

    Pros

    People, atmosphere, work ethic, diversity

    Cons

    All big decisions come from London


  2. "Great culture, but tough hours"

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

    I worked at Ashurst part-time

    Pros

    You are well rewarded for your work.
    You are recognised for your contribution.
    Corporate benefits.

    Cons

    Very tough hours, but there is room for flexibility.
    Weekends are inevitable, but once again there is room for flexibility.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No job security - fickle - avoid redundancy payments"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work - more senior statesman partners had good values beyond a concern for the bottom dollar

    Cons

    You can enjoy many years of good work here only to find yourself being made redundant except they’re not even willing to pay you out and do the right thing by you. They will just announce restructures and tell everyone to reapply for their own jobs. You have people who have been here for years being shown the door. Management can sit around a table knowing you’re entitled to a redundancy and cheat you out of one. It’s seriously good one day and then horrible the next. Once they’ve decided you’re no good or they want to reduce your entitlements etc they set upon on you with knives regardless of who you are or what work you’ve done for the firm

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so concerned about the short term bottom dollar. Value your people otherwise your reputation will suck in the market and you won’t be able to employ good talent in the long run. You shouldn’t have such high staff turnovers like this it’s a joke.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed working there initially.

    Cons

    Extremely bad culture for women. The metoo revolution obviously hasn't taken hold. I didn't know how bad it was until I started my new in-house job which I love.


  5. "Lawyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Great place to be trained and learn legal skills. Exposure to great deals

    Cons

    Politics, no longer than Blake Dawson as many people remember

    Advice to Management

    Don't blindly follow London


  6. "Fantastic firm"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cross border work
    Great pay (for juniors at least)
    Free gym
    Regular training sessions and law updates
    Growing emphasis on technology

    Cons

    As with all top tier law firms, the focus on billables is a killer
    Lack of solid middle managers (ie, junior senior associates)
    HR procedures (except Graduate and Clerkship program) are questionable
    Offices are average

    Advice to Management

    Less focus on billables for client work and more recognition for work that isn't strictly billable but equally if not more important - eg, staff engagement activities, recruiting etc. - would create for a happier workforce and would improve the attrition rates


  7. "Hopless"

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

    I worked at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Nice office locations across globe

    Cons

    Partners have zero idea how to run a business. Egos are out of control

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Business Development professionals.

  8. "I made many friends at Ashurst"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lovely people - most teams fantastic to work in, with only the odd dragon.
    My group was very professional, sharp, dedicated, friendly and collaborative.
    Found HR to be very supportive, they like to keep good people. Decent salary.
    (On a personal note, I really looked up to and admired our previous CEO, Mary Padbury. Thought she was absolutely, all round, brilliant! Great diplomat, fantastic speaker).

    Cons

    As a legal assistant, not much in the way of career progression (once you're working with the most senior people) but that's likely to be the same at most law firms. The lawyers do get a lot of opportunities, CLE training and professional support. They really look after their grads, too.

    Advice to Management

    Please book your Christmas parties in a big ballroom, in the city, again!! Those were the BEST. The more recent ones weren't anywhere near as nice - being run as smaller, stand-up-in-your-high-heels-all-night, "cocktails and nibbles" affairs, especially when held away from the CBD. (Definitely a whole lot cheaper, but nowhere near as good).


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture and enjoy the variety

    Cons

    They are difficult with being flexible


  10. "Great working group"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Fantastic team atmosphere. Great experience working in a top tier firm. Partners are very caring and supportive. Global exposure.

    Cons

    Remuneration hasn't had much growth. A lot of social activities and recognition have faded.


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