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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"A friendly, confidence-building and motivating firm."
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...

"For the vacation scheme there is an application form, interview and a week-long vacation..."

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

"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)..."

"Although there is not much on the side of facilities, the location is great. There..."

"Firm hours vary by department. Regulatory seems to be more regular, while corporate..."

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

"The best perk is the supervisor/trainee social budget."

"I went through an application process to get accepted on the vacations scheme. After..."

"I was asked about my CV, about my teamwork skills, why I wanted to join the firm..."

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

"The London office is very top heavy."

"Role is to assist senior associates and partners on large transactions and matters...."

"The firm has a very strong commitment to pro bono - which is a historical strength..."

"The quality of the work; people; client contact and variety of work are all plus..."

"The lack of a cafeteria."

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

"Retention rates are generally good, but as it's a small firm, it generally requires..."

"We have an excellent softball team."

"Hard, but rewarding work."

"The range and quality of training as well as the small trainee intake."

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

"The firm works with a scholars programme at Warwick University."

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

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