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2015

"The late nights have been tough at times."
Second year trainee, London
"My work can be high pressure, with very varied hours."
Second year trainee, London
"My long hours have been a drawback for me at times."
Second year trainee, London
"I work unpredictable hours at Clifford Chance."
First year trainee, London
"I have felt pressured to work longer hours because I feel like I have been surrounded by workaholics in some departments."
Second year trainee, London
"I struggle to maintain a good work/life balance at times."
Second year trainee, London
"The office space is becoming more crowded as we grow."
Second year trainee, London
"I do not like the unpredictability of working hours."
Second year trainee, Paris

2014

"The unpredictable hours."
First year trainee, London
"The unpredictability of one's working hours is the firm's main drawback."
First year trainee, London
"The volume of work and the expectations from clients."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"Working hours and unpredictability."
First year trainee, London
"Trying to maintain a decent work/life balance is difficult."
Second year trainee, London
"Long, unpredictable hours mean I can't make weekday plans. Difficult to get a niche non-transactional seat. Excellence is expected and while it is recognised in trainees when you do a good job, it is harder to stand out as everyone and everything is so top-notch."
First year trainee, London
"Sometimes workflow management is poor."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are consistently fairly long."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Late finishes."
First year trainee, London
"The unpredictability of working hours. Some days you'll be out of the office at 5:30pm on the dot and others... well, you just don't leave."
First year trainee, London
"Seeing the sun rise over the Thames Estuary from the 29th floor at 6:00am, knowing that you have been there through the darkness of the last ten hours... and the day before."
Second year trainee, London
"Waiting for documents late at night. Up and down hours."
First year trainee, London
"Pressure to be on the ball all the time."
First year trainee, London
"Non-existent work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be tough and in some departments there is a culture of staying late which makes it difficult to leave even if you are not too busy. Although this is by no means all departments. It can also be difficult to get allocated to smaller niche seats."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours and total lack of consideration for a work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"Difficult to get the seats you want. Not a great work/life balance."
Second year trainee, London
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