Informal Training & Mentoring

7.2 / 10

(based on 5 ratings in 2018)

2018

"Supervisors vary a lot. Some are excellent and take a real interest in your development and training while others are too busy to even realise they are meant to be supervising you. The feedback process is quite good and well structured. You can nominate anyone you have worked for as a feedback provider for your review, which will be fed into your mid- and end-of-seat evaluations."
First year trainee, London
"Supervisors vary according to the individual but my personal experience has been very positive. You are put with either senior associates or partners, but the work will be very high level either way and they are mostly very accessible for questions and advice. Colleagues beyond your supervisor and immediate team can be more difficult to approach but that provides a useful exercise in people skills. The work and advice is there if you're willing to take the initiative."
First year trainee, London
"Some supervisors are better than others, which will be the case wherever you go. The onus is more or less on the trainee to be proactive. The opportunities are plentiful if a trainee is willing to ask for them."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"Everyone is very approachable."
First year trainee, London
"This varies between departments and can be inconsistent. Overall, it's likely that feedback sessions will take place but they are not always as comprehensive as they could be."
First year trainee, London
"My immediate supervisor and associate team have been fantastic with feedback and positive recognition. I feel valued by my team."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very accessible because of our open-door policy. Associates are good at recognising the contributions of trainees."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I find that partners and associates know what my strengths and weaknesses are, how I want my career to develop and where I want to improve. They then go out of their way to help that to happen."
Second year trainee, London
"Throughout my time at Baker & McKenzie there was no real mentoring scheme, but I think that there is one being developed, and the informal training is at a good standard."
Second year trainee, London
"I found that the partners are very accessible, and that there is a decent feedback culture."
Second year trainee, London
"While mentoring could be improved, it is there if you want to utilise it."
Second year trainee, London
"Mentoring is very strong at the firm, and I think this is aided by the fact that the firm is mid-sized. I have found that partners and senior associates are generally very approachable, and willing to provide guidance. There is a focus on feedback and on improvement, and I rarely feel as if my efforts have gone unnoticed."
Second year trainee, London
"There are mid-seat reviews in addition to those at the end of a seat; which are the main ways to receive feedback. However, if I do a fairly substantial piece of work for a colleague we will sit and go through it together, so I can see where changes have been made and what can be improved on."
First year trainee, London

2014

"We have mid-seat reviews which are really helpful but I do think that feedback should be given more regularly."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience senior lawyers very accessible, and praise and feedback are consistently good. Some partners and associate need a gentle reminder to provide it, but they're more than happy to give feedback and are quick to praise when you do something well."
First year trainee, London
"Positive feedback is limited (depending on the department). I have found that people are more likely to offer developmental feedback when you've made a mistake, rather than tell you when you've done something good."
First year trainee, London
"There is a feedback culture and people are approachable if you request it, particularly at the junior level. However, you really have to push for formal mentoring which is a shame. Mid-seat reviews often take place at the end of your seat, when to have it halfway would be much more useful."
First year trainee, London
"People seem generally interested in my progress and training and, whenever possible, make an effort to ensure that I am learning while doing."
First year trainee, London
"The standard of mentoring and feedback varies somewhat, although I have found senior staff to be open to all manner of questions and keen to recognise effort and achievement when made."
Second year trainee, London
"Mentoring can be hit and miss. Some partners and associates are extremely approachable, friendly and happy to take time to explain matters or comments they have made on your work. Others are slightly less helpful, but this really varies. Generally the partners make good supervisors. There is both a mid- and end-of-seat review which provides valuable feedback on your progression."
First year trainee, London
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