Norton Rose Fulbright Reviews

Updated 30 Jun 2020

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3.4
57%
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76%
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Norton Rose Fulbright Chief Executive Peter Martyr
Peter Martyr
68 Ratings
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  • "Hierarchical administrative bureaucracy long hours(in 22 reviews)

  • "Heavy work load and difficult to find work life balance(in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great firm"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All the perks of a top tier law firm. Beautiful office, lots of support, interesting matters to work on.

    Cons

    Long hours and bonuses aren’t really attainable.

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  2. "Biggest regret accepting a job here - seriously toxic"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Managed to get out relatively unscathed.

    Cons

    Most toxic and nasty place I have ever worked. Bullying at all levels rife. Ill equipped and poor facilities. HR incompetent and will turn on you in a heartbeat. They do not have your back and it is not in any way safe to speak to them about anything. Pay under market rate or if you go in on a decent wage don't expect an increase. All they are worried about is billings. Salt Mine. You will absolutely regret it if you take a job here.

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  3. "Pretty good while I was there"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work, mostly good people, mostly collegiate and friendly. Your experience will be largely based on your individual team. Some are absolutely brilliant. Some are not.

    Cons

    Pay not really at market. People were "mostly" good. There were some people who acted in an objectionable manner for any professional workplace, and others who were professionally poor or incompetent.

  4. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Very few clients, the place is self-destructing"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice junior people and admin staff (fired with COVID 19)

    Cons

    Very poor facilities, lack of work, very high turnover of entire teams, lack of cohesiveness, very strict spending budget (only powdered coffee)

  5. "great"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norton Rose Fulbright part-time

    Pros

    amazing people great training and development

    Cons

    work life balance not so great

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work for the Mel Employment team!!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some nice people like the head partner of that team

    Cons

    The junior partner and special counsel in that team will turn your life into hell.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Worked in Insurance"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice offices and good location

    Cons

    Bad culture - people were scared to speak to one another

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Solicitor in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not much, some interesting matters

    Cons

    Terrible culture and management. The partners and the team that I worked in were very toxic. The firm is also very cheap (compared to other global law firms I have worked at, they were very stingey at NRF with employee benefits...at least at other big firms some of the perks balance out the less desirable aspects of big law firm life. Definitely not the case at NRF. This was a commonly held view among other junior lawyers I spoke to at NRF - most seemed to be terribly unhappy)

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  9. "Really enjoyed my time"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time

    Pros

    The people who work there are a real highlight of working here

    Cons

    Very busy environment and can do with more resources

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Most toxic firm I have ever worked for!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Norton Rose Fulbright full-time

    Pros

    None. I struggle to think of anything good about this firm as an employer

    Cons

    What I experienced and observed at this firm made my skin crawl. Several senior people in the team in which I worked were viciously toxic and set about to try to belittle, demoralise and destroy other people. Gossip, belittling behaviour, cut-throat competition for the good work, extreme hierarchical culture, egoism like you would not believe and people actively undermining each other was the norm. Worse still, people daily feared for their jobs and were experiencing mental health issues.

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