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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2016)
"Respectful and clever."
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...

"You should be very thorough in your research: when they ask you why you're applying..."

"Covington is a very friendly firm. Everyone is very approachable. We have a social..."

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

"I have had good performance feedback from most lawyers (and can certainly be solicited..."

"The location is excellent. We are directly in the middle of the City and the West..."

"As a trainee, it's not that flexible. The hours are long and you have to be prepared..."

"The trainee and NQ salary is competitive with other US/City firms."

"Pension. Taxis and dinner after hours. Dental and health insurance. Childcare vouchers...."

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

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

"There are recycling boxes in our office for people to use."

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

"While I do not feel that the issue of diversity is really applicable to me, my understanding..."

"The London office is very top heavy."

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

"Trainees get involved in as much pro bono work as they are able and willing to do...."

"While they are department dependent, the people and the level of the work are po..."

"Occasional long hours can be a drawback."

"Its expertise in life sciences and the opportunity to do a seat in a life sciences..."

"Generally retention rates are very high, but as certain teams are very small, it..."

"We have an excellent softball team."

"Full-service corporate firm with deep expertise in the pharma, tech and regulatory..."

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

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

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

"It would be nice to be able to undertake an international secondment."

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