Get the inside buzz from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

9.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 23 ratings in 2016)
"Hard working and driven, with decent people."
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
 
 

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