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Assistant (Former Employee) –  Nottingham City Centre, Nottinghamshire23 March 2019
Us and them. If you’re not a partner, you’re not valued. You’re not allowed a sense of humour you just have to tow the line. You can say hello to most partners and they look down on you and don’t respond. Most of them are busy sitting in the pub drinking the profits while the solicitors/ paralegals are doing the work until late and not seeing our families and then there are no rewards, pay rises or bonus’ at the end of it. They expect you to stay late unpaid but as soon as you need the drs, you have to make up your time. Take take take.

You’re expected to be seen but not heard. Your opinion doesn’t count for nothing. They’re great at having meetings about meetings and nothing productive comes from it, and they are very target driven.

You leave this place thinking something is wrong with you and lacking any confidence and self belief that you started with.
Pros
Easy to get to
Cons
Not family friendly
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Nightmare
IT Technician (Former Employee) –  Birmingham2 January 2019
Terrible management....decisions are made with no evidence base in a non fee earning business ops department and then the finger is always pointed...favouritism etc...
Pros
None
Cons
Long hours
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Good lawyers and good training but poor payers and a hard nosed attitude to junior staff
Associate (Former Employee) –  East Midlands26 November 2018
This firm has so much potential and you will work with some great people if you come here. They do have excellent clients and do a lot of high quality work. However in terms of career progression, you will struggle unless you arrive armed with excellent contacts. They are also notoriously bad payers. In the 4 years that I was there, targets went up but salaries lagged behind, and it was known to all Shakespeares employees that they were poorly paid compared to Martineau staff - when this story broke, the partners "declined to comment" on this and ignored the discontent it created.

Management's view has always been "Your career is your responsibility" and "Everyone is expendable". The few partners who do take the time to help you tend to be less influential. It is such a shame that this is the approach of the top partners because there are some excellent lawyers there and the culture in the smaller offices was mostly very good. However staff turnover below Legal Director level is high.
Pros
Training, most of the staff and the work you can do there
Cons
Management culture, salaries, easy to become isolated. Work life balance is not great either
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Bodgit and run would be a better choice.
Paralegal (Former Employee) –  Birmingham, West Midlands13 July 2018
If you are a partner you can look forward to a very good lifestyle with absolutely no financial worries. If you are not a partner I suggest you find out where your nearest food bank is cos you will probably need it. The hours are long and the whole working environment is dull. Their client service is appalling. Stay as far away as possible.
Pros
None
Cons
Too many to list
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Very disappointed
Fee Earner (Former Employee) –  Birmingham, West Midlands24 May 2018
Awful work environment. Team managers know little but because they talk loud, they get heard and treat you as inferior. Partners expect you to treat them like royalty. And to top it off, paralegal/fee earners salaries are barely above the national minimum wage. Progression chances are little to none. For a company that believes itself to have a large national footprint, it's quite an awful place to work at. Certainly the worst place I've worked at. My only advice, stay well away if you want a decent wage for a hard day's work. They'll squeeze every last drop out of you by ensuring youre in at time 9am, never late from lunch and you cannot leave any earlier than 5.30pm. It's like a factory or production line. Just before I left, my team were monitored for how long we went on toilet breaks. Says it all.
Pros
As with every work place, you make good friends due to the struggles you go through at a depressing work place.
Cons
Too many to list
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An awful experience
Fee Earner (Former Employee) –  Birmingham24 March 2018
On the whole I enjoyed the work but that was it. Salaries are inconsistent between teams and team members with the same level of experience will find they are each on different salaries. Targets increase at an unreasonable pace when salary stays the same (I was at the firm for 18 months and my target increased by 40%, with not one pay increase the whole time I was there) The Partners are very traditional and expect everyone to wait on their every hand and foot. In a firm that asks you to do your own typing, coping etc, it just does not work. For fee earners working in a team where there is no secretary, you certainly won’t be doing your own admin work! If you are a young woman and not employed as an administrator/secretary, I wouldn’t go anywhere near this firm!
Pros
Work and client contact
Cons
Salary and management
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Room for progression, awful management
Case Handler (Former Employee) –  Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire10 July 2017
Management are terrible in the Remortgage department, employees leaving every other week as a result of poor management and nature of work. Salary also minimum wage.
Cons
Poorly run, salary
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Tumbleweed comes to mind as no one stays long enough...
Administrator (Current Employee) –  Birmingham3 November 2016
Two firms stuck together that are both as clueless as each other....absolutely udderless!!

No management only people that compute yes.

Progression....haha your joking the ideas come from an episode of Donald Trumps Apprentice. Let's be great! By holding everyone back squeezing them for every penny we can then destroying there confidence and drinking themselves to oblivion.

The worst company I and many others have every worked for I just feel sorry for those left they need help getting out!
Pros
When you get out the exit.
Cons
The list would be a waste of your time.
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Excellent firm
Legal Assistant (Current Employee) –  Birmingham20 October 2016
Very friendly firm to work for and great career development opportunities. Internal applications are almost encouraged. Roles are sufficiently flexible to allow you to develop your own role to take on as much or as little responsibility as you are comfortable with.
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Turnover of staff is ridiculous
Facilities Assistant (Former Employee) –  Birmingham20 October 2016
Martineau were a great form to work for.....Shakespeare killed that. Hardly any martineau staff remain, which speaks volumes. The facilities team in Birmingham is a joke of a "team". Money is rubbish and any ambitions get squashed.
Pros
You dont work weekends
Cons
You work there all week
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Professional environment with demanding targets.
Claim Handler (Current Employee) –  Birmingham City Centre8 December 2015
Target driven environment whereby both professional and personal development is encouraged.

A multi million pound company that serves it's clients well.
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Fun workplace
ULR First Notification of Loss Handler (Current Employee) –  Birmingham, ENG3 November 2015
The atmosphere at this workplace is quite entertaining however the company would need to concentrate more on progression.
Pros
Hour lunches
Cons
Long Hours
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Interesting and a good start into administration
Administrator (Current Employee) –  Stratford-upon-Avon, ENG1 July 2015
Opening and closing cases for customers doing a re-mortgage
Scanning, printing, faxing and sending mail.
Writing emails and corresponding with customers.
Making sure customers are happy with the way that their re-mortgage is proceeding.
Learned how to be professional on both on the telephone and via email.
Hard working but fun environment to work in.
Pros
Consistent work, good job security
Cons
Progression at this time not available, salary very low
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