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Linklaters Reviews

Updated 11 February 2019
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Linklaters Firmwide Managing Partner Gideon Moore
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Pros
  • "Fantastic work life balance and supportive team" (in 10 reviews)

  • "The working environment is modern and the desk arrangement is good" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is non-existent" (in 27 reviews)

  • "You'll be expected to work long hours as a matter of course" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Good place if big ambitions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, excellent skilled colleagues, you get to see the biggest matters in the market. You learn a lot and you can develop your skills very well. In addition, you get a very good reputation in your CV.

    Cons

    You really get to work a lot and you are expected to have a lot of availability. Even on weekends or holidays you have to keep an eye on your phone and make some sacrifices.

    Advice to Management

    Good work, the biggest challenge is clearly to find a more balanced life for employees. It is not clear that this will ever arrive.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "1960's London firm approach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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. "great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours
    great atmosphere
    good salary
    interesting projects

    Cons

    small marketing department
    none cons
    I don't have more cons


  4. "Paralegal jobs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, life balance, great culture

    Cons

    Noting to add, everything is really cool


  5. "Depressing"

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    Former Employee - US Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - US Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary, working with smart people

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, no real growth opportunities, terrible male dominated culture


  6. "Good firm"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time

    Pros

    Atmosphere; health package ; secondments

    Cons

    Salary lower than US firms


  7. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good perks. Management willing to teach. Competitive mindsets. Nice office location with easy transportation.

    Cons

    Working hours can be hectic. HK has probably the worst hours in all locations.
    Annoying clients.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work.
    Provide more incentives to those who achieve.

  8. "Miserable existence but decent money"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Decent salary (higher than most other UK firms but lower than US firms)
    - Good name on CV
    - Colleagues and supervisors are generally capable

    Cons

    - Awful work-life balance
    - Intensely political environment
    - Many people seem miserable
    - Work can be very dull

    Advice to Management

    What's the point of setting ambitious revenue targets at the expense of burning out ever more employees?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "2.5 years contracting at Linklaters"

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    Former Employee - Senior C# Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior C# Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Linklaters (More than a year)

    Pros

    Linklaters is a very relaxed and friendly place to work at. I found that within the development team there was a strong desire to try new things out. They were very relaxed about working from home and on many occasions I would wake up in the morning and decide to work from home.

    Cons

    I found the organization ridiculously bureaucratic (perhaps a symptom of it being run by lawyers). They seemed to regard software development as an expense rather than an opportunity to reduce costs. Projects were driven by people who were largely clueless about software development lifecycles. This was compounded by the siloed (stovepipe) working environment, where other departments were often unhelpful.

    Advice to Management

    Much of the problems are cultural and revolve around the siloed work environment, which can only truly be address through restructuring.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good if looking for work life balance and job perks, less if ambitious business team member."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linklaters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee Perks: Free Gym Membership, Private Medical Insurance, Onsite Doctor etc.

    Cons

    2nd class citizen if not a lawyer. Large divide between business and practice. Minimal interaction between the two. Less socially.

    Advice to Management

    Realise the value the business teams bring