Get the inside buzz from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

9.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 23 ratings in 2016)
"Supportive and ambitious firm growing organically from within."
Pros: 
  • Trainees have genuine responsibility, get good contact with clients and are actively involved in the firm's work.
  • The general ethos and culture of the firm are both very collaborative and friendly, and socialising is encouraged.
  • Trainees feel that remuneration is very good for a firm outside of London.
  • The retention rate for trainees has historically been very high.
Cons: 
  • Working hours can be long and unpredictable for trainees when workloads are high.
  • Formal and informal training can be a little inconsistent from department to department.
  • More secondment opportunities would be appreciated, as would clarification of the secondment application process.
  • The firm has an evident commitment to diversity but this area still needs improvement.
Culture
9.4 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.3 / 10
 
Hours
7.6 / 10
 
Salary
8.1 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.8 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Research the firm thoroughly and make sure you know why you want to work here."

"In general the hours are quite reasonable and face-time is actively discouraged...."

"Training is taken very seriously and there is lots of support available for those..."

"I think, sometimes, more feedback could be given on work and how to improve. We do..."

"We have excellent facilities and the standard of the firm's accommodation is excellent...."

"When there's a deal on, hours are long. When there's not a deal on, you're not expected..."

"Trainee salary is very competitive. However there is not much transparency surrounding..."

"Social club subsidies - up to £10 back on gigs throughout the year, half price back..."

"Hard to say how easy or difficult it is! There is an application form, which is long..."

"When I interviewed, there was a fairly standard list of questions that were asked...."

"Very high on the agenda!"

"Female partners are few, people of colour fewer. I don't question the firm's commitment..."

"The level of responsibility and client contact you receive varies between departments..."

"There are lots of charity events (Dragon Boat racing, painting projects, etc.). The..."

"General ethos and culture which I think our managing partners are responsible for...."

"Lack of transparency in lots of areas and a tendency to default to secrecy."

"Quality of work, atmosphere and culture. It gets said time and time again but it..."

"As of June 2015, we have already heard who is being kept on, the retention rate was..."

"We have an ever growing collection of fibre-glass animals created as part of charity..."

"Punching above its weight - first class in Bristol."

"The firm allows less privileged students to apply. Our first years are all cut from..."

"More firm-run trainee training in black letter law."

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