Managers are excellent. Flat organisational structure
In my direct team, my managers are very good. They are supportive and they are usually good at passing along feedback (good or bad) and also at providing credit for work done. The firm management more generally (in particular the managing partner of the Australian offices and the US based global management) are very disconnected from the majority of employees.
Managers tend to be partners so they are still running their practices.
They are supportive but there could be better feedback (both structured and informal)
The supervisors and mentors I have had have all been great mentors who are genuinely invested in my growth and development on a personal and professional level.
My supervising partner is excellent at communicating, and is an excellent manager. Other members of "higher up" management seem inaccessible and sometimes out of touch.
This is a team-by-team issue, as your Partner is ultimately responsible for these issues. I have a very good relationship with the Partner I work for, and most other Partners in the Brisbane office. They are all extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled lawyers, and working with them makes for an excellent learning opportunity.
My direct partner is always very open and honest with me regarding clients, internal matters, etc. We speak probably every 30 minutes throughout the day so very accessible and never overly demanding.
Senior staff are approachable and generally make time to explain things if you ask.