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
 
 

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