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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"Punches above its weight."
  • Trainees are offered high-quality work with a wide range of responsibility.
  • Supervisors provide support on a regular basis and there are several seat reviews to aid trainee development.
  • A collegiate and open-door culture ensures that trainees are welcomed into the firm.
  • The remuneration is considered competitive with other firms.
  • Occasional long or unpredictable hours may mean that work/life balance suffers.
  • The seat selection and rotation processes could be more transparent.
  • Some may feel that including more formal training sessions would help trainees to develop their skills.
  • Day-to-day roles can vary greatly between departments.
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"While I have one criticism in that I feel that there is not that much formal training,..."

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"We're still competitive compared to other firms."

"Taxis and food if you are working late are the best perks."

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"Collegiality at the firm is a plus."

"Occasional long hours - but no worse than other City firms."

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