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the US generally, we are part of a global network of over 2000 lawyers around the world. Individually, the firm looks for people with international experience, language skills and/ or cultural sensitivity. Culturally, the firm likes team players, intelligent and well-rounded people. We have confident and self-assured lawyers, but very competitive aggressive types and people who are obnoxious are usually screened out during the interview process.” Interview Questions • “When interviewing candidates now for call backs, we ask about the candidate’s knowledge of our firm, globally; our office specifically, the candidate’s global awareness and about them and their experiences to get a sense of their personality, demeanor and outlook.” • “They do not grill; the effort is geared at organic conversation. Substantively, for me they focused on international experience.” • “Questions are mostly focused on behavioral questions. The interviewers don’t use any special techniques, e.g., stress test. Candidates have a chance to engage in genuine dialogue with their interviewers.” Lateral & Clerk Integration • “Not much of an integration process formally, but I was immediately given high-level work and expected to perform.” • “I felt that I was well integrated into the firm overall.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Linklaters is a great mix of local meets world, where the general culture is social and welcoming and work hours are flexible, as most associates work on deals with clients across the other side of the globe. Associates rave about the helpful partners, training and mentoring they receive, and even distribution of work, all while receiving the top of the market salaries and compensation. And while the
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© 2017 Inc. 340 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition LINKLATERS LLP size of the firm may be an asset to some, it has weakened transparency and lessened partnership prospects. Satisfaction • “We work on interesting matters all over the world. Work culture is solid, with great colleagues and no hours requirement to get bonuses. All in all a pretty good deal.” • “My practice is interesting and challenging. It would be good to have more senior partner support in certain areas of my practice.” • “Linklaters offers a very reasonable work-life balance. When I’ve had to bill over 60 hours a week, the firm is quick to add others to those deals to bring utilization closer to 50 hours/ week. The office is very well equipped, and I am able to make it to our gym several times a week, taking advantage of boxing and other free classes provided. Associates and partners are all very friendly with one another. And additionally, the firm has supported me to engage in pro bono that interest me, valuing that investment equally with billed time.” • “Work is interesting and senior associates are increasingly being asked to act as junior partners, but at the same time, the chances of making partner are getting slimmer and slimmer.” Firm Culture
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