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Herbert Smith Freehills Reviews

Updated 21 Aug 2019

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3.7
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76%
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89%
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Mark Rigotti
30 Ratings
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  • "Long hours at times, bad management at times,(in 17 reviews)

  • "Top tier firm pressures make work life balance impossible(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Training"

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    Former Employee - Partner in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great training, good people, good attitude

    Cons

    Requires five words, but no real cons

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-02-28
  2. "Divided workforce"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Staff freebies like meals and drinks

    Cons

    Very divided workforce, people not working together

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-08-22
  3. "Great Opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great offices - Engaging work - Salary matches the higher end of industry standards - Benefits

    Cons

    - Hours can get quite long

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-07-26
  4. "Not Bad, Not Great."

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    Former Employee - Legal Analyst 

    I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great first job for people straight out of law school. A large part of that being simply having a firm that large on your resume. The HSF name helps you get jobs moving forward. Although it also helps you to hone decision making and speed reading skills.

    Cons

    The role itself is not something you are likely to find satisfying for more than a 4 months to, at most, year. The work environment can range from incredible to very bad depending directly on who your manager is.

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-08-01
  5. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Secretary 

    I have been working at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and look after their staff well

    Cons

    Lawyers are sometimes over worked with little recognition or appreciation

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-05-06
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Needs an external review of culture asap"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Social activities and facilities are top notch. Professional and enjoyable at first.

    Cons

    Bullying culture. Creative accounting. Spineless management. Nasty HR. Personally witnessed bullying towards women, parents and minority cultures on multiple occasions. Management were pressured by HR to defend the company at all costs and victims were removed from HSF. The company has a number of diversity and inclusion partners who 'champion' these portfolios on paper only.

    Advice to Management

    Stop turning a blind eye to unacceptable behaviour from your piers. Show leadership. Forget about working on your resume and work on being accountable for things under your control.

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-06-06
  7. "Solicitor"

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    Current Employee - Solicitor in Sydney

    I have been working at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very capable colleagues who are great friends. Working with top clients

    Cons

    Long hours and as a junior very little control or autonomy, easy to feel like just a resource. Work is not particularly meaningful

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-04-23
  8. "Top tier in every way"

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    Former Employee - SPA in Melbourne
    Recommends
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    I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills

    Pros

    Brilliant resources and mature management

    Cons

    Complacent with reputation. Not hungry to grow

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-04-16
  9. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time

    Pros

    Work environment, people and salary

    Cons

    As with all lawyers, the hours

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-04-28
  10. "Project Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
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    I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills part-time

    Pros

    - Great environment - Lovely employees - Great management

    Cons

    - Not very collaborative at times

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-03-11
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