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7.8 / 10

(based on 6 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Covington is a very friendly firm. Everyone is very approachable. We have a social committee who are responsible for the firm's social events. Informal evening events are also quite common."
Graduate, London
"There's a good level of cooperation and teamwork. As part of corporate, I generally work in small teams consisting of a trainee, one or two associates and a partner. While there is a hierarchical structure in place, trainees are always encouraged to discuss with partners and ask them questions. Friday drinks are organised internally once every couple of weeks and trainees are given their own budgets for social activities and events. The firm also has a sporting calendar and takes part in sporting activities."
Graduate, London
"Quite hierarchical but with an open-door policy. Colleagues get on well, although there could be more organised socialising."
Entry level, London
"People are generally very friendly and approachable and there's frequent socialising outside of the office too. The atmosphere is generally great and it's a good environment to work in. Some departments are more hierarchical than others, though."
Entry level, London
"The office is extremely friendly and inclusive. You are encouraged to work in a team and the partners are very accessible. However, there could be more social activities, such as team-building exercises, organised by the partners."
Entry level, London

2015

"There is a strong and identifiable culture consisting of a collegial and open office environment and a cordial atmosphere, but extremely high expectations regarding work product. There is always a hierarchy, but trainees often work with senior lawyers and our input is valued. Senior lawyers are always happy to make time to talk to trainees about legal or other questions that they may have, and are genuinely interested in trainees and their development."
First year trainee, London
"Culture depends department to department. Mostly everyone is very nice and friendly, and people are happy to socialise together. Some partners clearly operate in a hierarchical manner but generally there is an 'open-door' culture. Trainees can be treated like associates which, while daunting, means the quality of work can be very good."
First year trainee, London
"The culture here is intellectual, but not overly hierarchical. The firm has socials and plays softball."
First year trainee, London
"We work in small teams, which results in high-level work even as a first year trainee. People are encouraging and keen to get trainees involved when they show an interest. There is a real 'open-door' policy and people are exceptionally approachable. We don't have that many social events, but when they occur people make an effort to go and they are always good fun."
First year trainee, London
"The culture in the office is very respectful: this isn't a firm for shouters and screamers. Nor is it hyper-aggressive: people here tend to be quite thoughtful and friendly. To some degree, that might mean that the after-hours social life is not quite as exciting as that at some other firms, but that might be an acceptable trade-off. In any case, there are still plenty of people here you enjoy getting a drink with after work."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The office environment is friendly, though strongly hierarchical. There is also sometime of a 'face-time' culture. There is not much in the way of after-hours socialising."
First year trainee, London
"There is a respectful and friendly culture in the office. Not a great deal of socialising after hours. In my experience, hierarchy is not noticeably rigid - everyone is very approachable and helpful."
First year trainee, London
"The office environment is friendly, although quite hierarchical. There is little in the way of after-hours social activities."
First year trainee, London
"I have found even the most senior partners to be accommodating and pleasant to work with. Because the office is fairly small, it feels very collegiate. Parties through the year are always a lot of fun and associates and trainees, and different departments tend to arrange more casual social events too."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is not overly hierarchical, partners have their own offices but are generally open to having a chat with junior lawyers though initiative is needed on the part of junior lawyers to foster partner contact. The structure of the firm is that partners generally working with senior associates who in turn use trainees on various matters. Each member of the legal staff including trainees have secretaries to help with printing/typing/proofreading/other types of work. The firm's London office is quite small, so teams are small and intimate with each member having to take a larger share of responsibility than might be the case at other firms. The firm is not great for the social side of things. The onus is largely on the trainees to organise get-togethers although the firm provides a reasonable budget for trainees to utilise on drinks/events."
First year trainee, London
"I have found the culture here to be friendly and warm in and out of the office. I would prefer there to be more sporting opportunities and activities though."
First year trainee, London
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