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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Covington & Burling LLP

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"A firm with intellectual energy, that is convivial and diligent."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
7.8 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
6.7 / 10
 
Hours
6.3 / 10
 
Salary
8.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.5 / 10
 
 
Training
7.2 / 10
 

What insiders say about...

"Be confident about your achievements and think about how you could add to Covington...."

"The office environment is friendly, though strongly hierarchical. There is also sometime..."

"Each practice group has weekly/fortnightly training updates on the latest developments...."

"In the round, senior lawyers here do make good mentors. Some are (unsurprisingly)..."

"The location is great but the lack of a canteen is a minus."

"They can be unpredictable but, as a general rule, on a normal day I finish between..."

"Trainees don't qualify for bonuses at the firm, but I have nothing to complain about..."

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

"The application process is extremely competitive. You need top class academics and..."

"Some questions required thinking on your feet. I was also asked situational judgement..."

"I am not really aware of any specific initiatives C&B have with regards to the e..."

"Partners are very approachable and willing to provide guidance. Trainees have a formal..."

"The firm's women's forum meets regularly and throws events. As a female, I feel that..."

"This depends on the department but there are usually good prospects to move up the..."

"From the start of my current seat I have been involved in an IPO financing and a..."

"There are lots of opportunities for pro bono work. There is an annual pro bono dinner..."

"Collegiality at the firm is a plus."

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

"The firm's regulatory reputation, expertise, clients and work all encouraged me to..."

"Generally trainee retention is very good. Being a small firm, there are only usually..."

"The firm is headquartered in Washington DC. In the second year of their training..."

"Prestigious. Academic. Rigorous. Friendly."

"Small intake, early responsibility, good remuneration and interesting practice a..."

"May vary during departments but usually there is a sufficient amount of training..."

"At Warwick University, the firm runs a 'multi-cultural scholars programme' where..."

"I think the firm should introduce a more tailored training contract which would be..."

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