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Minuses

2015

"I get the feeling Baker & McKenzie is going through an identity crisis."
First year trainee, London
"Longer international secondments would be an improvement: we only three month international secondments when all other large firms have six months."
Second year trainee, London
"Although I occasionally work very late nights, I believe that these exist at every law firm!"
Second year trainee, London
"Sometimes hours can be long which is a drawback."
First year trainee, London
"'Global firm' means frequently working across time zones, and this can be a challenge."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The workload can be really inconsistent: there can be days/weeks where you have very little to do, and then manic periods also."
First year trainee, London
"The trainee seat allocation procedure is somewhat opaque."
Second year trainee, London
"The qualification process is definitely not as transparent as it is in other firms and it is a very stressful period."
Second year trainee, London
"Sometimes getting generic feedback means it is difficult to know how to improve. There are also some admin heavy tasks."
First year trainee, London
"Uncertain working hours, uncertain qualification options."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are tough in some departments."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours, in Corporate at least, are unsurprisingly unpredictable, but this is something that affects City firms across the board I think."
First year trainee, London
"I often work with the United States meaning late nights and long days. There are peaks and troughs for the work, but there can be a very high workload at times."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be long (at times) depending on the seat you are at but it all helps with developing you as a fully qualified solicitor."
Second year trainee, London
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