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Culture

8.5 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2015)

2015

"The culture is very dependent on the department, but overall, it is a meritocratic firm with very down to earth and sociable people."
Second year trainee, London
"Clifford Chance tend to be quite a social team both in and after office hours. While I found that different teams can be quite hierarchical, there are friendly people across the board."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a very social atmosphere here, and staff are willing to see each other outside of work hours, and they band together on late nights."
First year trainee, London
"I can't imagine that many places create the atmosphere that exists at Clifford Chance. I couldn't recommend it more."
Second year trainee, London
"For such a large firm, the atmosphere is quite close knit. The nature of our deals means you work with people in most of the other departments and get to know them well. Hierarchies exist in some departments but others are very flat. Socialising among colleagues is common - whether at the bar, in the gym, at Clifford Chance sport teams or art events."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a genuinely friendly atmosphere, as everyone is very friendly and supportive."
First year trainee, London
"I work with amazing people, who are always friendly and willing to offer help and advice."
First year trainee, London
"There is a lack of hierarchy evident for most departments, and cooperation and socialising are both very good."
Second year trainee, London
"There is an 'open-door' policy and most people are very approachable, from business services right though to partners. There are many social events through the year which are always well attended."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"There is a lot of socialising amongst intakes, but less so in the departments. Socials tend to be infrequent within each seat. The culture of teamwork is strong and even trainees feel like integral members of their sub-group."
Second year trainee, London
"This has varied from department to department. But currently I'd say the culture is great - friendly and reasonable people all doing their best."
Second year trainee, London
"The best thing about the firm is the 'open-door' policy. Everyone is extremely helpful and willing to answer questions. I have never found there to be 'face-time' and on the contrary colleagues are very conscientious and willing to assist whenever necessary."
First year trainee, Frankfurt
"The firm is hierarchical but with an 'open-door' policy so you can ask partners and associates if you have any questions. The firm is also very cooperative and teamwork-oriented. There is lots of socialising amongst colleagues - informally on weekends, at lunch and after work with fellow trainees and formally through department drinks and social events."
Second year trainee, London
"There is good cooperation at the firm and lots of socialising though this is most notable among your trainee intake which is a result of doing the LPC together. Not much of an after-work drink culture but that's a result of the unpredictable hours we work."
First year trainee, London
"Not much hierarchy - Partners and Senior Associates are friendly and approachable, cooperation and teamwork are excellent, colleagues socialise a good amount and there are plenty of drinks events to attend."
Second year trainee, Tokyo
"In terms of socialising, everyone can participate as much or as little as they like. During office hours, there seems to be a high degree of cooperation and collaboration; people do look after one another and try to distribute work fairly."
Second year trainee, London
"The teams I have worked in have been very friendly and supportive. People were happy to explain when I had queries about the work or about the firm in general. People meet for drinks after work on Thursdays and Fridays."
Second year trainee, London
"I think it depends on your department, but I really like my department. Everyone's so nice, and we've had the opportunity to go to fun and exciting events together, like visit an exotic meats restaurant and an Ice Bar."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The trainees form a close knit group with great friendships. Otherwise, work pressure seems to limit the amount of fun to be had. Like most law firms, it is very hierarchical."
Second year trainee, London
"Lots of socialising - amongst the trainees and between different levels of seniority. There is clearly a hierarchy, but there is plenty of communication and mutual respect. After-hours you are well looked after - dinner and taxis are provided."
Second year trainee, London
"Friendly, social and approachable colleagues who are always willing to stop and explain things whether they are a trainee or a partner. Trainees are fairly social, and have a great Trainee Summer Party and Christmas Party, and End-of-Seat Drinks on each rotation. There are also regular departmental drinks."
First year trainee, London
"The socialising amongst trainees is great. The fact that you do a firm specific LPC means that you know at least 50 trainees before you start work at the firm. Most groups have an 'open-door' policy where you can walk in and have a chat about the deal, etc. However it would be unrealistic to say that there is no hierarchy in the firm - the work that trainees do will differ drastically from the work partners do, however that does not impede your ability to speak to partners and ask questions."
First year trainee, London
"Work/life balance is exactly as predicted and culture is very much that everyone should have known what they signed up for. Although everyone is very supportive in the long hours and there is a feeling you are all in it together."
First year trainee, London
"As much as it can, CC values work/life balance. There is no 'face-time' policy, which is (on the whole) respected. I have always felt part of the team and my contribution has always been acknowledged."
Second year trainee, London
"They make an effort with social activities, but work always comes first."
First year trainee, London
"Most of the people here are nice, if a little intense at times. My first supervisor wouldn't acknowledge me (or anyone else) in the corridors, so focused was he on getting to where he was going. That said, the majority of people are lovely and there are good relationships throughout the firm. My trainee intake is great, and our friendships are all the stronger for having studied the LPC together."
First year trainee, London
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