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6.5 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2015)

2015

"My working hours are pretty flexible, depending on the department. Transactional seats tend to let you out if you have plans in the evening, as they know you will be in late on other days."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very flexible if you don't have much work on, but you are kept very busy so that is rare."
Second year trainee, London
"A good day ends at around 7:00pm. If you are not busy, you are not expected to stay in the office and so can leave at 5:30pm if you can."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found that my working hours are very flexible at Clifford Chance."
First year trainee, London
"I find that my working hours can be unpredictable, but they are not too bad overall."
First year trainee, London
"My hours vary considerably from day-to-day. If there is a specific event outside of work that I wish to attend during a week day evening, most people are reasonable and allow me to work around this."
Second year trainee, London
"So far, I have had great supervisors who did not expect me to sit around if there was no work. The working hours are slightly unpredictable, but that is the nature of the work. There are generally no problems if you take a longer lunch or come to work later if you have personal appointments."
Second year trainee, Paris
"When it's busy, there's less flexibility. However, departments try and accommodate evening plans and where trainees have worked long hours, and some departments are happy for us to work from home the next day."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I work a long time, but don't mind because the people are nice and the work is good."
First year trainee, London
"Depends on the supervisor. I've always found it easy enough to come in late/go home early and work from home if needed - although that doesn't happen very often."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long, but the quality of the work is great. There is no 'face-time' policy here."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are unpredictable and do involve working late regularly (around 9/10:00pm). I rarely work past midnight and when I have worked late for a deal closing, I received days in lieu. I have never worked a weekend."
First year trainee, London
"Hours depends upon department and luck (i.e. what matters you are a part of). Generally, people work hard and relatively late. That said, you see all other firms on the same deals working at similar hours, (other Magic Circle, US or mid-tier, etc.)."
Second year trainee, London
"If you are open and transparent with people then everyone will work to accommodate any plans that you may have but the occasional long nights are part of transactional work."
First year trainee, Frankfurt
"In my experience, coming in late, taking a longer lunch break or leaving early for appointments will normally be accommodated."
Second year trainee, London
"You have to work late if the deal requires (which it often does). Generally during the day I am free to do what I want e.g. go to the gym, take a long lunch. However if there is a chance of leaving at 5:30pm I would rather work through lunch so I can get out early!"
First year trainee, London
"The nature of the work is such that I have to be prepared to work long hours unexpectedly. On average, during my training contract, I have worked approximately nine hours a day. The working hours also depend on the department."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours vary. People work hard during the week so that their weekends and holidays are uninterrupted."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"The only real difficulty is the unpredictability, but this is true of any commercial law firm. Hours are generally fair, but it does depend on the seat."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are long but you're rarely staying late on your own, and the work is interesting!"
First year trainee, London
"No 'face-time' but if on a transaction have to put in the hours."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be pretty outrageous, but not all the time."
Second year trainee, London
"Long hours in most departments, corporate being the worst. However, have only worked 5 weekends in 2 years."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours vary hugely by department and on the basis of the transaction or case you are working on. There are times when you will work until 2:00am/3:00am and weekends, sometimes for a few months. Other times you will come in at 9:30am and leave and 6:30pm."
Second year trainee, London
"In my experience, there's an expectation that unless you're working until 4:00am every night you can always take on more work. There is no comprehension that you may want a life outside the office."
First year trainee, London
"On a slow day, my day is 9:30am-7:30pm. When things are busy, I stay until that day's tasks are done and the next day's tasks are prepped. Consequently, there can be consistent weeks of leaving between 8:00pm-2:00am. However, I have only stayed past 3:00am a handful of times."
Second year trainee, London
"These vary by department. I was previously in a department in which I finished by 7:00pm most days. My other departments have seen 10:00pm or later being the average finish. With an hour's journey home, this takes its toll."
First year trainee, London
"My hours are very long, but it's what I signed up for and feel that I am both adding value and developing myself by doing them. My concern is not the late nights but the volatility and unpredictability of my finish time."
Second year trainee, London
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