Linklaters Reviews

Updated 30 Jul 2020

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3.9
76%
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90%
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Linklaters Firmwide Managing Partner Gideon Moore
Gideon Moore
62 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very friendly work environment and good work-life balance compared to other firms(in 12 reviews)

  • "work environment flexibility positive atmosphere(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours expected and are sometimes thanklessly consumed(in 17 reviews)

  • "I found the organization ridiculously bureaucratic (perhaps a symptom of it being run by lawyers)(in 14 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Has pros and cons"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Solicitor in Brisbane

    I worked at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Good training & exposure to intelligent lawyers

    Cons

    Culture, work as a junior and lack of responsibility

  2. Helpful (3)

    "1960's London firm approach"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Incredible facilities in London office that beat most 'cool' tech companies (which on the flipside enable / encourage employees to work all hours) Aspire to hire the brightest and most committed Great pieces of client work and intent regarding community engagement

    Cons

    Culture is based on fear and competition - from Partners to lawyers to business services employees there is complete lack of trust or support Lack of modern or progressive thinking or genuine desire to take a strategic view is restricting it's ability to be competitive Arrogant London vs. 'rest of the world' viewpoint which impacts employees, clients and ultimately bottom line and future relevance Performance and remuneration not driving the right behaviours Extremely 'cliquey' and there is a complete lack of diversity or inclusiveness. If you don't look the same or have the same lifestyle drivers (aka conservative WASP with traditional family values) then you wont last long. Pay staff poorly based on the brand name Reminds me of being in a 1960's firm from BBC shows.


  3. "/"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Lawyer in Hong Kong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Linklaters have a well structured training programme and supportive work environment.

    Cons

    The working hours are typical: long.

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  4. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, supportive network, deep expertise

    Cons

    Not sure what to say here

  5. "Associate attorney review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    High pay; friendly environment; good benefits

    Cons

    High workload, sometimes not as competitive as US big law firms (no summer stipend etc.)

  6. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Long and demanding hours in the office

  7. "Good firm"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Great training and quality of work

    Cons

    High workload with lower compensation than US firms

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Absolute crap. Manager wouldn’t allow me to work or train"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got paid to do nothing

    Cons

    I was not allowed to work. No training given when it was requested time and time again

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  9. "Generally good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Managing Associate 

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits in HK

    Cons

    Bad hours and partners with too much to prove

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awful Culture for Trainees"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    The quality of training is high, the perks (pay, nights out, fancy closing dinners) are good.

    Cons

    The culture is an absolute mess, absolutely no respect for you time, expectation of cancelling plans, even holidays, to accommodate work. Principals which are actual bullies, obsessive work culture, cult of 'utilisation,' If you're going to be this miserable, go to K&E and get paid double for it.

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