Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

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who became a father for the first time. It was hosted in the office during the middle of the day.” Associate/Partner Relations • “Partners at the firm value associates and have an open door policy, even to junior associates. Allen & Overy is incredibly transparent compared to other firms. Our financial information is publicly available and shared in advance with associates and staff. Because partners and senior associates keep an open line of communication, expectations and performance feedback are given regularly.” • “Partners try to be as transparent as they can, but it’s still a law firm. The partners are extremely supportive of junior associates’ client development and will help mentor them whenever asked.” • “The NY office goes to great lengths to be transparent and keep associates invested in the success of the office, which engenders an entrepreneurial spirit at all levels.” • “Partners are generally nice. I don’t know of any with repu- tations for being rude or mean. The partner I work for in particular is especially kind and approachable.” Hours • “Face-time for the sake of being seen is not required. Partners respect you taking your down time when it is available.” • “The workflow ebbs and flows but ultimately balances out. Face-time is encouraged but not required and everyone is very accommodating to flexible work environments. Work is evenly distributed at the junior level.” • “This will depend a lot on the partner and the group. My workflow is pretty steady, and while my partner generally wants me in during the day, if I need to work in the evening, I feel comfortable going home and working from there. Additionally, my partner has been generally reasonable on working remotely when you have a good reason for wanting to do so. For example, I needed to be technically ‘working’ the week between Christmas and New Year, but my partner let me do so remotely from my hometown.” • “The workflow is consistent throughout the day. I rarely ever had to work beyond 9 pm or on the weekend. But I was able to bill almost every single hour I spent at the office because there was hardly ever any downtime. I really like this aspect of my hours.” Compensation • “Allen and Overy, like other top law firms, is on the Cravath pay scale. We are therefore compensated very well. There are no hard cut offs for the number of billable hours needed to receive your bonus. Business development and 50 hours of pro bono work can are taken into consideration as well.” • “For first years, billable hours don’t count (for real), so I don’t feel pressured at all about meeting an hours goal, at least this year. The salary is generous.” • “Despite being at a British firm, the compensation is comp- letely in line with all top US firms, including the bonus.
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