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6.1 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The hours vary a lot depending on what team you are in. For example, banking and corporate trainees tend to have the longest hours. The firm is moving towards flexible working (eg working from home one day a week) but generally trainees tend to work in the office every day. However, there isn't a face-time culture so everyone is encouraged to leave when they have done what they need to do, rather than hanging around to look busy."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Usual day would be roughly 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. There is no expectation that trainees hang around at their desks if they have no pressing tasks. There will be late nights but they will not go unnoticed or unappreciated."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long in some teams, eg banking and corporate, but the firm is flexible on working from home."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The firm is very flexible when it comes to hours. If you need to be somewhere, they are happy for you to log on at home or make your time up later. My work hours are quite good. Usually 8.30 am – 6.00 pm/6.30 pm. On a few occasions, I've had to stay later than this."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Hours are normally 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. There are phases when late nights are required but it is not the norm and they don't go unnoticed. Also there are other days where you'll leave the office early for client events. If you have a need to leave early/come in late for personal reasons the firm is good at being flexible."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are very long at times, which is to be expected. This would be less dissatisfying if the pay reflected the hours expected."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I usually work a minimum of 12 hours a day, going up to 17 hours at peak time."
Second year trainee, London
"Very flexible, but there are some times where you have to put the hours in."
First year trainee, Leeds

2015

"My working hours have depended on my department, but overall the firm is quite flexible."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I find that the hours can be demanding and somewhat unpredictable, but that is a result of the quality of work and the calibre of clients on offer."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I find that the working hours are really good and that the firm has no 'face-time' culture."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Some teams require early starts, but wouldn't expect you to still be in the office on a normal day at 7:00pm. Busy periods can be unpredictable and you will be expected to adapt to them. Other teams are happy for a 9:00am-5:30pm day if you aren't busy."
First year trainee, Manchester
"From 9:00am-5:00pm you must be at work, but remote working after 5:00pm is always allowed and I have never had any issues doing this."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I generally work between 7:30am and 6:30pm."
Second year trainee, London
"An average day is 9:00am-7:00-7:30pm, although if work is done there's no need to stay beyond 5:30pm. There are times when you will be required to stay late, but that's not routine."
First year trainee, London
"I have found that there is occasional pressure to be present/remain in the office when there is no direct client or workload requirements. I seldom leave before 7:30-8.00pm, but I may start at 9:00-9:30am."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Hours are department-specific. If you enjoy the work, you don't really notice. Some departments are 9:00am-5ish, others 9:00am-???. However this is the nature of the job."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Hours vary dramatically. If you're having a quiet period you can be out the door at 6:00pm every day. Other weeks it can be consistent 10:00pm finishes, it really depends."
First year trainee, London
"This varies between departments. In my experience, the hours are not terrible."
Second year trainee, London
"There can be long hours at times but it is not excessive for the type of work we do and there is no pressure to stay for the sake of it."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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