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Get the inside buzz from graduates at CMS UK

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"Innovative, passionate, hard-working."
Pros: 
  • International expansion at the firm means that there are doors open for overseas opportunities
  • Work on offer is top quality and has a broad scope, and trainees feel supported 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
Cons: 
  • More attention could be given to individual development in some departments
  • Some of the firm's offices could do with an update
  • Unpredictable hours mean that is it difficult for trainees to maintain control over them
  • Retention rates have fallen since the firm's latest merger, but these should pick up soon
Culture
8.4 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
 
Hours
7.1 / 10
 
Salary
7.9 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.4 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.7 / 10
 
 

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