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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, forward-thinking, inclusive."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
8.8 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
 
Hours
7.8 / 10
 
Salary
7.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.1 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10
 
 

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

"Give and take. You're expected to work hard and put in the long hours whenever it's..."

"The level of training at CMS in Scotland is excellent - you receive legal training..."

"Better than the formal training in my opinion. They do teach good soft skills."

"Our current offices are shabby, the new ones are shiny. Can't wait - although open-plan..."

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

"Meritocratic structure rewards high-performing individuals which is a good incentivisation..."

"Secondment - everything is paid for including accommodation and bills. Also late..."

"Full day assessment centre, which is tough, but at least gives a more rounded process,..."

"Questions included a time when I planned an event; how I overcame a difficult problem..."

"I hear little of the firm's initiatives in terms of reducing their carbon footprint,..."

"I'm not entirely familiar with this as I am quite new. I have already been made aware..."

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

"In my role I have had client interaction from the first week, including calls, meetings,..."

"Whilst not pro bono per se, I read weekly with children from a local primary school..."

"There are many opportunities outside of traditional work. The firm is sociable, has..."

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

"The balance being it being a really friendly and supportive firm, whilst it also..."

"The retention rates aren't great as a result of the merger in 2014, but the numbers..."

"The CMS World Cup brings 600 people from almost all of our offices together in a..."

"A stimulating workplace with strong client focus."

"There are many great initiatives to promote pathways into the law from less privileged..."

"Up and down depending on the workload/deal."

"It would be ideal to hold all initial training centrally so that the trainees can..."

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