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Get the inside buzz from graduates at CMS UK

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, people-driven and commercially minded."
  • International expansion at the firm means that there are various opportunities for overseas placements.
  • The work on offer is top quality and has a broad scope. Trainees feel supported while undertaking it.
  • Social elements of the firm are strong with regular socialising both between teams and firm-wide.
  • Efforts towards diversity are notable – especially in terms of networks for women and LGBT staff members.
  • The high level of responsibility on offer can cause some trainees to feel under pressure.
  • There are unavoidable long hours in some departments, though the firm is flexible with them.
  • While most of the firm's offices have recently been updated, some are still undergoing this.
  • Retention rates have fallen since the firm's latest merger. These should hopefully pick up soon.
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
7.8 / 10
7.8 / 10
9.1 / 10
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10

What insiders say about...

"The assessment day involves an interview and a commercial awareness test. In the..."

"The culture is created by friendly and approachable people while in the office, and..."

"I think the level of training is good across the firm. I haven't heard of any bad..."

"I had a great supervisor in my first seat - who really cared about my development...."

"The current office is very shabby - but the rating will soon change as we move to..."

"Really varies between departments. Long hours in corporate, but it's very rare to..."

"They are great, among the highest in Scotland."

"I think the best perks for the Scottish trainees is the opportunity to do a secondment..."

"The interview process included an online application, online psychometric tests,..."

"I was asked questions to highlight my skill set: teamwork, leading a project, when..."

"The firm works hard at the 'paperless office' ideal, and has in-office recycling..."

"Diversity seems to be championed within CMS regularly and I think it is great that..."

"We have a new scheme which aims to recognise and reward performance. I believe if..."

"I have a good amount of client interaction - more than some people I know at Magic..."

"Pro bono work tends to be small claims or activities raising money for charities...."

"High quality work, for high-profile clients in a genuinely open, friendly environment...."

"Potential redundancies and lower intakes on qualifying seats at the moment, integration..."

"I wanted to do city-level work without working in London, and in particular the Bristol..."

"The last jobs list looked a little anaemic. It seems that some departments can be..."

"We were the first international law firm to open an office in Iran after the sanctions..."

"International, ambitious, friendly."

"We're involved in PRIME to attract students from less privileged backgrounds."

"Always someone there for help/support."

"Better provision to work from home would be ideal."

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