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Ashurst Reviews

Updated 4 March 2019
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Pros
  • "Great environment, friendly people, very well-respected lawyers, good work-life balance (if you not a lawyer)" (in 7 reviews)

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

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

  • "Long hours and questionable merger" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  2. "Good Culture From Management"

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

    I worked at Ashurst full-time (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

  3. "Great people, great work"

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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

    Genuinely friendly people, working on complex matters for major clients

    Cons

    Long hours for junior lawyers, like any top tier


  4. "Great place to work, but"

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

    I worked at Ashurst full-time (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 who has a law degree, Ashurst might not be the right place for you...


  5. "Ashurst IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  6. "Below average culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.