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Minuses

2016

"Sometimes the great ideas and appetite for change at the top don't always filter all the way through the firm."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Use of trainees can vary from department to department. You get more responsibility and better work in some than others."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"A lack of transparency in the HR seat process."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Other lawyers' perceptions of it being a 'small' firm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"It's inevitable that, as a trainee, you get some tasks that just need doing well but aren't the most interesting to do. Bundling, data management, and some admin tasks can be a bore but it's always helpful to remember the bigger picture that the work fits into."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Lack of feedback, lack of transparency."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The lack of secondment opportunities."
First year trainee, Bristol
"A lot of rearranging your personal life and social plans (due to work load and unexpected/last minute trips to London)."
First year trainee, Bristol

2015

"The fee earners don't come from a particularly diverse background. A lot of them seem to have had the exact same experience of life which can lead to some homogeneity of thought."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Longer and more unpredictable hours are becoming more prevalent within the firm."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There can be a lack of transparency, particularly regarding seat moves and qualification."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There are not many secondment opportunities. And in my experience there is no clear structure on applying for secondment opportunities."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Working City hours on, (albeit a very good), regional salary. As we get genuine responsibility early on, the pressure can be high at a time when you are learning as you go."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Hours can be unpredictable in some departments."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Hours are becoming increasingly longer at all levels."
First year trainee, Bristol

2014

"Although the hours are by no means bad, the London culture for working long hours seems more prevalent in some departments these days."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Lack of transparency in lots of areas and a tendency to default to secrecy."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Unpredictable hours and variation in hours between departments."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"General stress of doing a training contract."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The long hours."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is not proud enough about being from Bristol and having big Bristol-based clients, rather preferring to be perceived as a London firm outside London."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Sometimes I think we work as hard as other competitors in London but get paid less for the privilege."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The location of the office in terms of surrounding amenities - this is improving all the time though."
First year trainee, Bristol
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