Like any workplace people work extremely hard when things are busy, but the collaborative and supportive nature of CC makes for a pleasant work environment.
Everyone is really friendly but the team in Perth does not socialise outside of work often.. The hierarchy is relatively flat - there is a lot of contact between juniors and partners. In my practice group, the culture is hard-working but reasonable. I work very few weekends. There is a lot of travel involved, especially for more senior lawyers.
Different teams have different cultures. Across the office, it is reasonably laid back, it doesn't feel too hierarchical (e.g. you wouldn't feel uncomfortable having a chat and joking around with a partner in the kitchen).
Graduate, Perth, Australia
Generally quite a flat structure. Lots of responsibility at a junior level (to the extent you prove that you can handle the work) and the ability to accelerate your career and work. The office is generally friendly although the hours can be unpredictable and long when busy. No face time culture which is really good.
CC has an extremely down-to-earth, collaborative and diverse culture. Everyone is very friendly, supportive and always happy to answer any questions and provide guidance. I've enjoyed socialising amongst colleagues during work events and in lunch breaks.
Both in the office and after hours, our company is extremely friendly and social. We operate cooperatively and work as a team. Formal hierarchy exists, though is not enforced in a demeaning way. Rather, being a small team, everyone works together and shares the burden of tasks.
Hard-working mentality. There is a culture of sacrificing and taking personal conduct/responsibility and delivering high level advice and assistance to clients. Not hierarchical; partners are approachable. Teamwork is fostered. Hours are long and not for the faint of heart or lazy. Be willing to make sacrifices to achieve high level outcomes.
Graduate, Dubai and Perth
Socialising and firm activities are a frequent event at Clifford Chance, both juniors and partners are encouraged to get involved. Juniors work closely alongside their partners, having one-on-one facetime constantly throughout the day.
Close community, friends and colleagues, professional yet relaxed. Lack of strict hierarchy, open door policy.