Culture at Allens

Please describe your company's culture both in the office and after hours. Let us know about the structure and hierarchy, cooperation and teamwork, and socialising amongst colleagues.

People are high achieving and hard workers, however people are also supportive and willing to help each other. After hours there are many social events to get involved in.
Entry level, Melbourne
Supportive and inclusive. Very flat structure, partners are fantastic at getting junior lawyers involved in all aspects of a matter. Great teamwork both within the Corporate team as well as across the firm as a whole. Good number of social events, especially amongst junior lawyers.
Graduate, Melbourne
The firm actively supports social culture, diversity and well being. There is still some room to improve. The hours are late as to be expected with a top tier firm but there is no face time. There are many social events to implement firm culture.
Entry level, Melbourne
The hours are occasionally brutal, but the people you work with make that aspect tolerable. The structure in banking is not overly hierarchical.
Entry level, Sydney
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.
Entry level, Sydney
There are a lot of opportunities to attend training, interesting presentations and social functions. The company is very engaged with the community and we are encouraged to be involved in programs such as the Homeless Persons Legal Service.
Graduate, Sydney
Excellent culture, with great partner contact, lots of social events, very active diversity committees and social committees.
Graduate, Melbourne
Culture in a word is professional. People are happy to keep a divide between their work and private lives. It is still possible to find someone to have a drink with on a Friday night but attendance is not compulsory by any means. Much less incestuous than other top tier firms. Teamwork is good, it depends on the group. There's no lack of people to help out with tasks. Heirarchy is pretty standard law firm structure. There's an extra level below partner, Managing Associate, but I think everyone knows what that actually is. Some partners have very little involvement in the day to day, mostly involved in BD tasks out of the office.
Graduate, Perth
The structure is typical of any big law firm. When working on a matter, as a graduate, you will generally be in a team of a few other more senior lawyers. There is a lot of cooperation and teamwork. There is always someone who you can talk to, discuss things with, ask for advice, whatever. If I don't know something it is never difficult to find someone to get help from, I just ask. One of the best things about working in a firm like this is how much you learn from the more senior lawyers. As a junior you are always learning and getting to know your team better. There are also plenty of social events, pretty much every week, where you can catch up with people in other teams and get to know new faces. Even though the work we do is really important and the stakes are high, it's not a scary place at all. The vibe is pretty relaxed most of the time, and even as a grad, you are generally given the reigns to manage your own time.
Graduate, Melbourne
Within my group, the culture is excellent. I get the impression the culture varies a great deal across groups within the firm.
Graduate, Melbourne
I find the culture quite good, both during and outside office hours. I like being in an environment where organised social activities are available and plentiful, but not obligatory or stifling. There are many social, sporting, cultural and charitable committees, with lots of opportunities for involvement as a graduate.
Graduate, Melbourne
The culture in the office is friendly, supportive and open doors policy. There is no face time. The firm goes to great lengths to provide support for staff and initiatives to keep employees engaged as well as well balanced employees. The company's culture after hours is also strong with the firm putting on firm drinks, and other events to support networking and firm culture in such a large organisation.
Entry level, Melbourne