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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"Aims for perfection, client focused, sticklers for high standards of legal writing, hard working."
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...

"Come prepared for a thoughtful, intelligent discussion. Be comfortable and confident..."

"The firm is not overly hierarchical, partners have their own offices but are generally..."

"There are plenty of introductory sessions teaching trainees how to navigate the firm's..."

"All lawyers are very accessible, and are usually good at giving feedback (even if..."

"Great location, right next to the Royal Courts of Justice. The dress code is formal..."

"Work hours are generally very reasonable. I have had a few runs of late nights on..."

"I feel that pay is probably starting to lag behind market rates, but it is still..."

"We get a season ticket loan to help with transport costs."

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

"I was asked questions about my background, why I would like to join Covington and..."

"I am unsure of the firm's efforts to reduce their carbon footprint."

"Managers are accessible but maybe are not as proactive as they could be. Feedback..."

"There is an active diversity committee that engages with the firm frequently and..."

"The London office is very top heavy."

"I have had lots of client interaction, (though this is department dependent). The..."

"The firm is very well known for its pro bono capabilities and does a huge amount..."

"Friendly people; high quality of work; client interaction."

"I would say that the facilities could use some improvement."

"Covington & Burling is an American firm with big clients and interesting work, but..."

"Generally the firm has a very high retention rate, however business demand is the..."

"We have an excellent softball team."

"The firm is very polished and very sharp."

"Small trainee intake. Strong regulatory practice."

"The firm struggles to provide a robust training programme for all lawyers, likely..."

"The firm actively encourages capable people who would contribute to the life of the..."

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

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