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7.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 13 ratings in 2017)
"The firm is very polished and very sharp."
8.1 / 10
Formal Training
7.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
6.4 / 10
8.8 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • Trainees are offered high-quality work with a wide range of responsibility.
  • Supervisors provide support on a regular basis and mentors are seen as being helpful and available.
  • A collegiate and open-door culture ensures that trainees are welcomed into the firm.
  • Trainee retention is seen as being strong and consistent.


  • Occasional long or unpredictable hours may mean that work/life balance suffers.
  • Some trainees would like more contact with their supervisors.
  • Some feel that including more formal training sessions would help trainees to develop their skills.
  • Day-to-day roles can vary greatly between departments.

What insiders say about...

"Have a genuine reason for why you want to work at Covington. It will be noticeable..."

"People are generally very friendly and approachable and there's frequent socialising..."

"We get regular presentations in the corporate group. There are not as many in other..."

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

"The office could be improved if there were better areas for socialising or break..."

"The hours depend largely on the department you are in and the case/transaction you..."

"The pay is good, but not always reflective of the hours that are expected."

"We receive a meal allowance for overtime and also a taxi home if you work past 9.00..."

"I went through two rounds of interviews: the first was a generally straightforward..."

"There were many questions about my previous work experience as well as some competency-based..."

"Personally I've seen little discussion of this, although it's possible there's more..."

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

"There is a high percentage of female associates, but that figure falls dramatically..."

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

"My day-to-day role varies depending on the project that I am working on. At times..."

"The firm has a very strong commitment to pro bono work, both internationally and..."

"Collegiality at the firm is a plus."

"The lack of a cafeteria."

"The high quality of work and training (Covington prides itself on this) and the opportunities..."

"The retention rates have so far been very good, but it is always difficult to predict..."

"Eric Holder (the former US attorney general under President Obama) works here."

"Academically focused and collegiate."

"High-profile clients and the prospect of exciting, challenging work with an international..."

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

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

"More feedback and support from lawyers."

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