Advertise here
City scape

Culture

8.5 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There's a great social scene nationally, locally and between teams and trainees. Recent events include: cycling challenges, a photographic competition, summer parties, a sports day, cricket matches, BBQs, a disco, a Gatsby Glitz Summer Soiree, bowling, a 'spot the local landmarks' session and a day at the races. This is all alongside the usual networking events and corporate social responsibility initiatives. There is a social committee attached to each office and a trainee newsletter to keep the trainees up to speed with what is happening across the offices. We have an annual 'official' team day in addition to various other ad hoc team-building days like rounders on the beach and Go-Ape. Overall, the firm is fun and up for a good laugh."
Second year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"The culture is professional but friendly. There are plenty of opportunities to socialise after hours if you want to, but it's not obligatory."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"People are generally great and the hours are generally good. Management is usually understanding and targets can be flexible if there are good reasons. It is becoming a more corporate firm, though."
First year trainee, Leeds
"This is team dependent and, from what I understand, also office dependent. In Newcastle, there is very much a legacy attitude of socialising together and making sure the teams know each other on a personal level. This is fantastic. I get the impression that it might not be as strong across some of the other offices."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"We get a good work/life balance. It's a social office and does not feel hierarchical."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The open-door policy is genuine – partners and higher-level staff are all very approachable. The firm is very sociable and regularly organises firm-wide events and activities. The trainee social calendar is also very busy."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"There isn't much of a Bond/Dickinson divide, particularly in London. The partners have their doors open most of the time so you can go in and speak to them. There is not much of a hierarchy when compared to other firms – even the managing partner will come and speak to you. We have organised socials every six weeks that are very well attended – particularly by the more junior staff."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I found that there is a good work/life balance here, and that I worked with really nice teams, making for a positive culture at the firm."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"There is a fantastic flat structure here; which feeds through to an open and friendly culture. People do not buy into a 'face-time' culture here, and are prepared to leave when their day is done."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The culture is the first thing that most visitors comment upon. Everyone is open, down to earth and very personable, at all levels. There is never an issue with approaching someone for assistance. There are generally drinks organised for Friday nights, and the juniors attend other networking events together in the week. There is a real sense of there being 'one team' here."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I'm quite involved with organising social events, and we get a pretty good turn out from all departments. There is no obvious hierarchy although I'm sure everybody knows where they are in the pecking order - it's just not a barrier to communicating in a normal friendly way which is refreshing."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"There is a very friendly culture throughout the firm. Trainees and junior solicitors make a conscious effort to socialise after work and at weekends."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Everyone is very friendly and there are no visible and obvious hierarchies here. Trainees integrate and work across the full spectrum with the likes of secretaries, paralegals, managing associates and partners. In my opinion the hours are relatively good for a firm of our size, and Friday drinks are always well attended."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I have found that culture varies from team to team: some are open and fun while others are more work focused with a 'head down' attitude. Cooperation and teamwork are emphasised throughout. There is fun to be had out of the office if you wish it."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Although I do not think that the firm maintains its sociable culture after-hours as most people commute, and turnout to events can be low, the office is very approachable at all levels, and the open plan offices promote communication."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"I think that there is a clear hierarchy in the firm, and staff respect those who are more senior than them. Everyone is keen to help each other out if they can and to get involved in all different aspects. Although there could be more socialising at the firm, I do think that the social committee organise a lot of good events."
First year trainee, Newcastle

2014

"At Bond Dickinson everyone is friendly and approachable no matter how senior or junior their job title is. There are also a lot of social events where you can get to know people outside of working hours."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The firm is very friendly and sociable, and there is great camaraderie between trainees both first and second year."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The firm's culture is inclusive and relatively relaxed. It can be busy and fractious in the office, but not anything too much to handle. Social life amongst trainees is also very good."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"There are lots of social and corporate social responsibility activities to get involved in here which help build relationships outside of the office. This is useful when working closely across teams within the office."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Bond Dickinson is a very open and friendly place. Partners and senior associates are approachable and supportive, and associates and other trainees are keen to be a point of call for 'stupid questions' you may not want to ask a more senior member of the team. Socialising happens formally and informally and there is no hierarchy to separate you from support staff up to Partners."
First year trainee, Southampton
"The Leeds office is very open to mixing between teams and there is a lot of co-operation and opportunities to work with a variety of people. The firm does not have an 'hours-culture' - you stay as long as you need to get work done but you are not expected to stay for the sake of it. The majority of senior fee earners and partners are approachable and easy to work with, and for."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The hierarchy seems present but does not affect daily life in terms of teamwork and interaction between colleagues. Everyone is always happy to help each other regardless of what level they are at in the firm."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"This firm is truly operating an 'open-door' policy. The partners are approachable and helpful and I have developed good relationships with fee earners and support staff on all levels."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
Top