Linklaters LLP

Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
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Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

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The leading law firm that advises businesses, banks and governments across the world is rigorously fair with its own 2,464 staff, based in London and Colchester. They enjoy an extraordinary array of benefits, topped off with competitive pay packets — and overwhelmingly say that they are getting a fair deal, with a top 10 positive score of 72% overall for questions about pay and benefits. Last year Linklaters, founded in 1837, became a limited liability partnership, but there were no changes to employees' good feelings about its name: staff are proud to work for the company (84%). About two-fifths of the workforce earn more than £55,000 a year and they are happy with pay and benefits (75%), with fair pay for their responsibilities (71%) and relative to others in the firm (70%) — all top 20 results. The company ticks almost all of the boxes for its benefits. Everyone has profit-related pay, private healthcare which includes their families, critical illness and life assurance cover. There is a concierge service, free gym, subsidised restaurant open all hours, and services such as a beauty salon, dentist and physiotherapist. Performance-related pay, which half of staff receive, is based on team results, not individual work. Maternity leave is a generous 13 weeks at full pay, nine at 50% and 17 at 25% of salary, fathers have two weeks on full pay, and everyone has a non-contributory pension. In return for these perks there are some long hours. Linklaters does try to counteract this by giving time off in lieu at managers' discretion, with flexible and home working aided by company technology. Staff get time off for emergency childcare and there are sabbaticals as well as secondments to other offices in interesting places such as Hong Kong. People think the company puts back a lot into the local community (71%), investing £3.9m last year in communities close to offices. Everyone has at least one paid day a year for volunteering and initiatives include a “switch off” campaign to save energy and pro bono work for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. To keep up people's spirits, there are even “interactive prayer” meetings for every group.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

69% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

Globally, they have a Corporate Responsibility Committee. Each member champions environmental issues in their respective regions by giving such as presentations and support for environmental initiatives. In the UK they have a team of forty one environmental champions who represent a group and or a floor, this team is co-ordinated by the Environmental Practitioner. In November 2009 they made the shift to Bin the Bin which is a scheme designed to increase recycling by replacing standard desk side bins used by each employee with localised waste and recycling points. All construction waste is sorted and recycled and where possible and all furniture procured is made from recycled content. They also support the local community for example through their work in education in Hackney. Social mobility is a significant challenge for the professions and, through a range of activities, they try to inform and inspire the aspirations of young people near to their office.

Personal Growth

85% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

Globally, they have a Corporate Responsibility Committee. Each member champions environmental issues in their respective regions by giving such as presentations and support for environmental initiatives. In the UK they have a team of forty one environmental champions who represent a group and or a floor, this team is co-ordinated by the Environmental Practitioner. In November 2009 they made the shift to Bin the Bin which is a scheme designed to increase recycling by replacing standard desk side bins used by each employee with localised waste and recycling points. All construction waste is sorted and recycled and where possible and all furniture procured is made from recycled content. They also support the local community for example through their work in education in Hackney. Social mobility is a significant challenge for the professions and, through a range of activities, they try to inform and inspire the aspirations of young people near to their office.

My Team

82% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Globally, they have a Corporate Responsibility Committee. Each member champions environmental issues in their respective regions by giving such as presentations and support for environmental initiatives. In the UK they have a team of forty one environmental champions who represent a group and or a floor, this team is co-ordinated by the Environmental Practitioner. In November 2009 they made the shift to Bin the Bin which is a scheme designed to increase recycling by replacing standard desk side bins used by each employee with localised waste and recycling points. All construction waste is sorted and recycled and where possible and all furniture procured is made from recycled content. They also support the local community for example through their work in education in Hackney. Social mobility is a significant challenge for the professions and, through a range of activities, they try to inform and inspire the aspirations of young people near to their office.

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Holidays

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Maternity

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Private Healthcare

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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