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Get the inside buzz from graduates at CMS UK

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"International, friendly, corporate."
  • 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
  • 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
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
7.1 / 10
7.9 / 10
8.4 / 10
Pro Bono
8.7 / 10

What insiders say about...

"Commercial awareness and client-focus are key. Know the main sectors in which the..."

"The culture here is friendly and active with strong teamwork and support. There is..."

"Different training is always on offer. The practice area specific training is very..."

"Colleagues always very helpful and mentoring is a focus here to develop the next..."

"In Scotland, the firm's office space is impressive. The Aberdeen Office has a great..."

"Hours are generally flexible. If you need to get away for a certain reason that is..."

"Trainees are not eligible for the bonus scheme - the incentive is that you want to..."

"50% gym subsidy salary uplift if required to move from Glasgow to Edinburgh office..."

"One day process. Morning: written exercise (don't expect to finish), ten minute presentation..."

"There were general competency questions in my interview; such as tell us a time when..."

"The firm's efforts to reduce their carbon footprint are fairly good. The firm encourages..."

"There are lots of diversity and inclusion networks, and a genuine intention to implement..."

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

"Client interaction does depend on the department. Some departments lend themselves..."

"Our head of corporate social responsibility is amazing. The firm is right up there..."

"Friendly colleagues, good quality work and a nice atmosphere."

"It can be a very high pressure environment at times."

"Reputation, challenging environment, career possibilities, training systems in place..."

"The retention rates are reasonable and comparable to most City firms. They are likely..."

"CMS was one of the first firms to introduce the sector model to get cross practice..."

"In a few words the firm is: global, gives opportunity, is sociable and friendly."

"Runs funding schemes and spread awareness about the legal profession through presentations..."

"I never feel like I'm left on my own/can't talk to anyone if my work is piling up,..."

"More consistency with the level of work."

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