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Reviews by MinterEllison graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.0GradAustralia surveyed 81 graduates working at MinterEllison. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 81 responses.
- The new building is fantastic and the leadership in my team sets realistic expectations and timeframes with our clients.
- Autonomy, collegiate atmosphere, non-hierarchical, development
- Great access to very experienced individuals and leaders of the industry
- The people. It is fantastic to work in an environment where the people truly support each other to achieve their potential.
- The type of work that I get to do (the biggest projects for great clients) and the people I work with (my Partners are the best in the industry in their fields).
- The firm does not celebrate its achievements enough. I feel that Minter Ellison is as good as any law firm in town, however that message has not always been effectively communicated to the market.
- Long hours from time to time
- Longer hours at work mean sacrificing some extracurricular activities in order to optimise work produce to supervisors and/or clients
- There are times when you don't have much control of workflow.
- The long working hours which is expected across the legal profession
What insiders say about…
I was extremely satisfied with the first group that I rotated through. I found the work very interesting and I was given a good amount of responsibility over the work I was doing. In my new group I am still getting used to the new work and the group is getting used to me. I am doing a lot of pro bono work which is also very satisfying.
Having entered the firm as a clerk, I have a very strong bond with a large group of young lawyers. We support each other and enjoy life outside the firm together. I'm fortunate enough to be friends with a group of lawyers who share my love of fitness.
The interview/assessment process was probably the most intensive I have had locally, but it was also the most friendly and collegiate experience. My interview was more of a conversation about my interests as opposed to trite questions about why I wanted to study law. Whilst the assessment process (including projects, a review task and group activities) was quite rigorous, it was not a negative experience.
Given I was handling two jobs and full-time university at the time, my interviewers were keen to understand exactly how my week ran from start to finish! I was also asked specifically about my interests, as they had allocated me a member of the property team to interview me - given my interest in property development, this led to a really interesting discussion.
It sounds simple, but just be yourself - Minters was the only firm I interviewed with that actually cared about you as an individual, and finding out what you most enjoyed both in and out of the office. Your marks and previous experience will speak for itself - be prepared to answer questions about you as a person, and what makes you tick.
My partner is extremely flexible with working hours and taking leave. I often finish at 7pm and if I do work very late I am not expected to be in the office at 8am.
I think the rates are fair and bonuses are a good motivating factor. I don't have too much experience in the industry and am unable to comment too much on the differences with other firms.
They make themselves available for formal teaching and also exchanging pleasantries.
The graduate training program is very comprehensive and well organised. There is 1 week of workshops before we start and continuing workshops throughout our time as a graduate. I've picked up technological skills, networking tips, how to be an effective junior in a team and plenty of soft skills. PIC has training within the group which really helps in getting to know the industry and understanding the main types of projects we work on.
There seems to be opportunities to progress in the company based on experience and capability - something I look forward to experiencing
The firm participates in various programs to assist disadvantaged people. One such program that I was a part of was GOALS. I have heard of many other programs as well as pro bono work.
This firm runs a number of pro bono activities and each lawyer I know performs a certain number of pro bono hours each week. Personally I have been involved in the Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic and a number of charity events supporting the end to cancer.
Formal suit attire; open plan and modern but it can get quite noisy and distracting
Not sure. Have not noticed any specific initiatives above the standard for an organisation of this size.Join us to bookmark!
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