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7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 16 ratings in 2017)
"Energetic, fast, and fun."
Culture
7.8 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.5 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
 
Hours
8.6 / 10
 
Salary
7.6 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.6 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • The firm takes a lot of interest in trainees' development and gives them work to reflect this.
  • Supervisors and partners are happy to act as mentors to trainees and provide regular constructive feedback.
  • Effort is made to ensure that trainees have a good work/life balance.
  • Trainees are regularly given client contact and a great deal of responsibility.

Cons

  • It can be difficult to get a seat in popular departments.
  • Some feel there could be more social events organised by the firm.
  • While trainee retention is very high, there may not be space to qualify into the department of your choice.
  • Frequent IT changes can cause disruption.

What insiders say about...

"Really research the firm, the mergers that have taken place and the processes used..."

"Partners are available and very approachable. I've always found the partners in my..."

"Training here is excellent. We have trainee breakfasts with the Executive Partner..."

"From personal experience, supervisors have always been willing to listen and explain..."

"Great location in the city centre, easy for people/clients to find, and easy access..."

"Your hours change from seat to seat. Overall however they do not expect you to stay..."

"Pay is similar to other firms of a similar size, but there are no bonuses at the..."

"Travel to do personal skills courses and events with trainees from other offices..."

"The recruitment process is done in multiple stages. This included a written application,..."

"Expect a mixture of HR questions and questions about the firm and its competitors...."

"I think this is a hot topic. Pre-merger, Biggart Baillie was carbon neutral, which..."

"Private education appears to dominate hiring decisions."

"Trainees get lots of client contact. Levels of responsibility are adapted to each..."

"I am a volunteer for the ‘Aim Higher’ and ‘5 Star Futures’ programme and..."

"The direct interaction between trainees and partners is great."

"The lack of variety of training contract seats in certain locations. To some extent,..."

"I like the openly ambitious ethos of the firm and the alternative approach to being..."

"DWF seeks to retain as many trainees as possible, provided there is business need..."

"We have just opened an office in Dubai!"

"Onwards and Upwards."

"DWF undertakes mentoring schemes and training sessions in schools to encourage pupils..."

"Generally there is little stress at all, but at times, when thee are major deadlines..."

"Have a more varied choice of departments within the first year."

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