Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Sociable and friendly with interesting and innovative work."
Pros: 
  • Approachable colleagues help to give the firm a sociable and relaxed culture.
  • Flexible hours and a lack of a face-time culture means that trainees can maintain a good work/life balance.
  • Retention rates are typically very strong as the firm sees trainees as investments and keeps intakes small.
  • There’s an initial training programme, as well as department-specific sessions, to help trainees develop their skills.
Cons: 
  • Salaries are thought to be slightly below those on offer at similar firms.
  • The responsibility given to trainees has a tendency to vary between departments.
  • Some found the open-plan office made it difficult to make calls with privacy.
  • The new office building is very nice but can be cold.
Culture
9.2 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
 
Hours
8.5 / 10
 
Salary
7.4 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.9 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.0 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"The interview process consists of a video interview followed by an assessment day..."

"Most people are very approachable, ready and willing to offer assistance/advice and..."

"We had a whole week of inductions where we were taught about the firm's values, aims..."

"All of my supervisors have been keen to help me learn, and generally the solicitors..."

"The new offices are great but a little cold. The dress code is generally smart casual..."

"The firm does not have a culture of long hours for the sake of it. If there is work..."

"As a trainee, I think I have a very good starting salary."

"We have a monthly departmental drinks trolley and a free day off around Christmas..."

"After the application form you have a video interview, then if successful you are..."

"The questions were mostly about me, what I've done and how I would see myself fitting..."

"It could do better but I think the new building will have better facilities for ..."

"I have not come across any instance of sexism. There is a good ethnic representation...."

"My role often equates to junior associate with regular client interaction through..."

"There are wide ranging and diverse pro bono opportunities. I have attended a session..."

"I am yet to meet a colleague who isn't helpful and friendly. Everyone has taken the..."

"I feel like communication between departments within the firm or with HR could be..."

"I wanted to work for the firm as it has genuine dedication to sector expertise, a..."

"The retention rates are very good. I am under the impression that the firm see me..."

"We have an annual football tournament (you don't have to play to go). The firm pays..."

"An interesting, fun and straightforward place to work."

"The firm has held and attended events for ethnic minorities interested in a career..."

"I would prefer a four-month seat rotation to experience more areas of the firm."

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