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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Great culture, great client base, great training."
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...

"Get to know the firm and definitely try to meet us at law fairs. In particular, applicants..."

"There is a very good firm culture and friendly people at all levels - real 'open-door'..."

"The firm takes a personal approach to your career development ensuring you get at..."

"Partners and associates are very approachable and generally take the time to ensure..."

"There is a new building almost completed and we are due to move in in July 2016"

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

"Bonuses are discretionary and depend on performance. Pay is generally competitive..."

"HR are great at organising events and dinners, which they often provide a budget..."

"There is an application form and a video interview. This was followed by an assessment..."

"Aside from the usual ones about yourself, why law, why Bird & Bird etc, they tend..."

"The firm encourages recycling and the lights are on sensors so they don't waste energy..."

"There's good recruitment for minorities. We also take part in events committed to..."

"There is a huge range of work to get involved in within Commercial and everyone is..."

"A good level of pro bono projects are available and taking time out of the working..."

"The quality of the work and how friendly and helpful everyone is with your learning..."

"I do not like the variation in quality of work between departments."

"The impressive growth internationally, and its reputation in the legal field as friendly..."

"Retention rates are excellent. The approach here is to take on less trainees in the..."

"The annual football tournament is a great way for all offices to interact (and compete..."

"Bird & Bird is a fun, sociable and friendly firm."

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

"Higher salaries to be more competitive."

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