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3.4
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63%
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78%
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Mark Rigotti
20 Ratings
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  • "Long hours and as a junior very little control or autonomy, easy to feel like just a resource(in 16 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 4 years

    Pros

    Great training, good people, good attitude

    Cons

    Requires five words, but no real cons

    Herbert Smith Freehills2019-02-28
  2. "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 2 years

    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
  3. "Solicitor"

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    Current Employee - Solicitor in Sydney

    I have been working at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than 4 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
  4. "Top tier in every way"

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    Former Employee - SPA in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    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
  5. "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
    • "Project Management"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      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
    • "Great Culture, Work Heavily Team Dependent"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills part-time

        Pros

        Social and collaborative culture. Very intelligent colleagues. Large clients and top of the market work.

        Cons

        Long work hours, particularly depending on the team that you're in. More capacity to manage hours in litigation than corporate teams.

        Herbert Smith Freehills2019-03-07
      • Helpful (1)

        "Experience varies considerably depending on your partner(s) and team"

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        Former Employee - Solicitor 
        Doesn't Recommend
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        No Opinion of CEO

        I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Wednesday lunch buffet was tasty. Most colleagues were intelligent and hard working. Culture of excellence.

        Cons

        If you work for a shocker partner (and there are some known ones), good luck.

        Herbert Smith Freehills2019-02-21
      • Helpful (1)

        "Worst firm I have ever worked for."

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

        I have been working at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Modern offices Social events They have employee benefits like subsidised health insurance and gym membership

        Cons

        Incredibly toxic work culture. All the negative reviews say it all. If the manager doesn’t like you and you’re not part of their circle, they would find ways to performance manage you without warning so you’ll quit. HR is spineless and don’t have employees’ interest at heart. They only exist so the firm does not get sued so don’t ever make the mistake of coming to them if you feel that you are being bullied and gaslighted,...

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        Herbert Smith Freehills2019-03-28
      • "Two halves may not make a whole"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
        Recommends
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        No Opinion of CEO

        I worked at Herbert Smith Freehills full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        CBD offices are second to none

        Cons

        Cultural dichotomy if you are part of the Australian business but working regularly with the London office.

        Herbert Smith Freehills2019-03-05
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