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Ashurst Reviews

Updated 19 Aug 2019

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3.8
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Ashurst CEO Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great environment, friendly people, very well-respected lawyers, good work-life balance (if you not a lawyer)(in 8 reviews)

  • "Good Location, canteen, flexible working(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, poor management, many offices are internal with no natural light(in 8 reviews)

  • "Support staff get treated as sub-par employees to fee-earners(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Great team culture, great management

    Cons

    Difficult to progress beyond casual and part time work

    Ashurst2019-01-25
  2. "Long hours, viewed as dispensable"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great reputation to build a basis for a career in almost anything

    Cons

    Long hours, poor management, many offices are internal with no natural light

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management training for Partners and Senior Associates. An email from a Partner/SA to a junior stating "Please review" and forwarding some ambiguous document with no context is not an appropriate form of giving instructions. When your juniors are unable to decipher what to do from enigmatic emails like those, Partners and SAs should not put them down or scowl at them.

    Ashurst2019-06-02
  3. "Psychotic megalomaniacs treat you like money makinig monkeys"

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

    I worked at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Can add 'top-tier law firm' experience in your CV. Working with smart people.

    Cons

    Due to the lack of separation of ownership and management, the workplace culture of Ashurst (and every other professional services firm, I'd imagine), is soul-destroying. Because the partners who run the practice owns the practice, their power is ultimate. And absolute power corrupts absolutely. So some of the partners are pschotic megalomaniacs who treat you as a scum and expect to be treated as the High King and God....

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    Ashurst2019-05-15
  4. "Would not recommend working for Ashurst"

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

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Staff benefits that are touted as industry leading are really just basic benefits that are provided by every other law firm, e.g. gym and employee assistance program.

    Cons

    There is a massive gulf between those who work in support services and legal staff in how you are treated and viewed. Pay is below market as they include superannuation in the job offer. Technology is below par and hamstrung by lack of strong and clear direction in IT. Lack of career development opportunities. Do not expect support or communication from leadership. Very london-centric in leadership and direction

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff as humans and not assets Stop being london-centric and start acting as a global firm

    Ashurst2019-04-24
  5. "Good Culture From Management"

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    Former Employee - Vac Clerk in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The upper management of the firm is very approachable and encourages a supportive culture.

    Cons

    People in the middle of the firms hierarchy are less supportive than senior personnel.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Ashurst2019-03-05
  6. "Yr2"

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

    I worked at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Good location And service

    Cons

    Bad working enviro Very limited support

    Ashurst2019-04-02
  7. "Great people, great work"

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

    I have been working at Ashurst part-time

    Pros

    Genuinely friendly people, working on complex matters for major clients

    Cons

    Long hours for junior lawyers, like any top tier

    Ashurst2019-02-09
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, but"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashurst full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really collaborative BD team, excellent work life balance, strong mentoring and training from senior management, great feedback culture which is led by the firm's management and opportunities for progression.

    Cons

    Support staff get treated as sub-par employees to fee-earners. 70-80% of partners and lawyers are disgustingly rude and condescending to support staff on the regular. This is a regressive way to think as top talent won't stick around in that culture, and Ashurst has a negative reputation for this in the market globally. If you can't stick out constantly being treated as less competent, intelligent or worthy as someone...

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    Ashurst2019-01-24
  9. "Ashurst IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Cannot think of any pros

    Cons

    London-centric, process heavy, slow to make decisions, poor communication from above

    Ashurst2019-01-08
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Below average culture"

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

    I have been working at Ashurst full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangement, autonomy, great office location and facilities

    Cons

    Absolutely no culture or staff engagement. The work environment is sterile and it's next to impossible to form connections with colleagues. Friday drinks are offered once a month but almost nobody mingles outside of their groups. There's a huge divide between fee earners and support staff and this is only made worse by management excluding support staff from internal events.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a staff engagement or culture overhaul to reward and recognise employees and encourage people to get to know their colleagues.

    Ashurst2018-11-06
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