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Minuses

2017

"Things can sometimes seem a little bureaucratic for important seat decisions etc."
Second year trainee, London
"We have quite an opaque qualification process."
Second year trainee, London
"Juniors sometimes need to do the less interesting work, especially during a training contract."
Second year trainee, London but currently on an international secondment
"Hours can be long in some departments."
First year trainee, London
"There are long hours and high expectations."
First year trainee, London
"I've experienced a lack of formal training and feel like I'm often under time pressures."
First year trainee, London
"The unpredictability of hours means that you sometimes find yourself having to cancel on friends at the last minute and it can be difficult for non-lawyers to understand."
Second year trainee, London, but on currently on secondment to Singapore.
"The long working hours and stressful work environment can be difficult to deal with on a long-term basis."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours can be long and our remuneration doesn't match that of American firms."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"IT systems could be improved."
Second year trainee, London
"The client's needs always come before your social life. Long hours and not enough overseas secondments."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is a big machine that can sometimes be a bit difficult to manoeuvre. The trainee experience is very dependent on the team/trainer."
First year trainee, London
"Overly-staffed deals can often mean less responsibility and more repeat and process work."
First year trainee, London
"Unpredictability of hours. Culture of face-time in some departments. A&O is also cutting back on international secondments and the process has become quite competitive rather than being guaranteed (as it used to be)."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be tough. At trainee level, tasks can revolve around document amendments. The transactional nature of work means that there are times with very little to do and other times where most hours of the day are spent working full on."
First year trainee, London
"There can be long days and the hours are often unpredictable."
First year trainee, London
"Lack of visibility about hours and not much transparency on the seat selection process."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The unpredictability of the hours."
First year trainee, London
"Unpredictability of hours. Having to work to tight deadlines."
First year trainee, London
"The long hours, but that is part of working on really high profile transactions and cases."
Second year trainee, London
"Working here can be quite pressured at times."
First year trainee, London
"Not all trainers are alike, so not all trainee work is as interesting as the rest!"
First year trainee, London
"At times, the fact that you will work long hours is taken for granted."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours and work/life balance are often challenging."
Second year trainee, London
"Work allocation can be a little uneven; some people get swamped more than others."
First year trainee, London
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