Fee Earner (Former Employee) – Birmingham – 24 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!
Fee Earner (Former Employee) – Birmingham, West Midlands – 24 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.
As with every work place, you make good friends due to the struggles you go through at a depressing work place.
Tumbleweed comes to mind as no one stays long enough...
Administrator (Current Employee) – Birmingham – 3 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!
Legal Assistant (Current Employee) – Birmingham – 20 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.
Facilities Assistant (Former Employee) – Birmingham – 20 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.
Administrator (Current Employee) – Stratford-upon-Avon, ENG – 1 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.
Consistent work, good job security
Progression at this time not available, salary very low