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Reviews by Allens graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.2GradAustralia surveyed 21 graduates working at Allens. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 21 responses.
- The continued focus on education and development.
- Extremely good training; working with leading lawyers who are committed to your development. Friendly, very inclusive culture. Working on high profile and complex matters
- The people, the training, the support initiatives, the development programs such as Allens accelerate. I mostly proud of Allens LGBT initiatives as well as support for indigenous reconciliation plans and pro bono activities.
- Supportive and friendly work environment, exceptional training and challenging work.
- Excellent resources and support, working with other highly engaged people, working for great clients on interesting matters
- The hours required to sometimes work.
- The internal pressure to perform and working long hours.
- The hours can be brutal.
- Expensive to park in the city
- As with all elite law firms, there can be high pressure and long hours, but the work environment helps with that.
What insiders say about…
I take the role of the junior lawyer on matters. This involves initial drafting of some documents; reviewing all documents; billing responsibilities; liaising with our clients and the lawyers from the other side.
Everyone is cooperative and there is a great junior culture, the juniors build strong relationships and will enjoy team drinks and firm drinks together. While there is obviously a level of hierarchy, if you are ready you will always be given more responsibility despite your year level.
Most recruitment comes from clerkships however there is also a level of market graduate recruitment. Market graduate recruitment is quite strenuous and will likely involve two interviews, including one where your legal skills are tested.
Questions regarding teamwork, why I was interested in commercial law, what legal experience I had, why I was interested in Allens
I would recommend that students consider why they want to come to Allens, you shouldn't apply if commercial law isn't for you. I would recommend knowing the information on your CV well, most of the time interviewees will be guided by your CV.
Very flexible with working arrangements if you need to work from home or work flexible hours.
I think the pay for a graduate salary is very reasonable and more than what is competitive.
Free dinners and taxis, heaps of free food generally at meetings and training sessions. Heaps of training sessions for juniors about different areas of the law. Heaps of opportunities to get involved in different things.
Performance feedback is good, there is a system whereby someone is always monitoring your performance. Communication of firm strategy and employee advancement is not clearly communicated.
Weekly sessions on different aspects of the company's business, learnt practical skills to apply on the job
Promotion is (supposedly) based on achievement of KPIs. It remains the reality, however, that no matter how good you are or how hard you work, time is the biggest determinant of promotion. Essentially, reaching the highest levels appears to be mainly about persevering long enough to get there.
Allens is a strong leader in promoting women, LGBTI and indigenous workers.
Allens has a range of programs to ensure employees come from a range of backgrounds. For example, the offices take indigenous interns around Australia.
Our firm is the firm global law firm to be carbon neutral, it has and I have been part of Reconciliation Action Plan Group, charity committee which supports many charities such as Whitelion and Fitted for Work and the pro bono committee.
The offices are probably the nicest I've ever seen for a law firm. Generally, there are two graduates per shared office, and the space is very generous. The dress code is "business", but "relaxed" - which means suit and tie, except when you're not dealing with the public, when the coat and tie become optional.
The Footprint committee is dedicated to reducing the firms carbon footprint, and has managed to get the firm to be the first firm to be carbon neutral.Join us to bookmark!
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