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7.9 / 10

(based on 27 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The firm is very flexible regarding hours, insofar as they can be and your flexible working is reasonable. Hours can be very long, but there is no face-time culture and you are genuinely encouraged to take advantage of lulls in workload and leave early whenever possible."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The hours are very good (having come from paralegalling at a magic circle firm) and there is no culture of face-time. The office clears out by 6.00 pm most evenings. There are the inevitable peaks in transactional departments."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Hours are generally friendly in real estate, averaging around 9.00 am – 7.30 pm. If there isn't much on you are able to leave earlier. This does seem to vary depending on department."
First year trainee, London
"I can count on one hand how many times I've been in the office past 7.30 pm."
First year trainee, London
"Once your work is done you can go. You can leave when you want (within reason) and work from home. Provided you meet deadlines nobody will mind. That being said, at times our clients can be demanding and the team can be busy so be prepared to put some hours in to meet your deadlines."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"If work needs doing you have to stay and do it. The problem is that the hours vary from department to department. My colleagues in real estate were leaving at 6.30 pm every day when I was in corporate and hadn't been home for four days. It's very up and down. But if you work hard it doesn't go unnoticed."
First year trainee, London
"I can sometimes work very long hours. An average day is about 10 – 11 hours, but that is to be expected in a large commercial firm. The firm is flexible and when people need to leave they are able to. The firm are happy for us to work remotely when necessary."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Usually 8.30 am – 8.00 pm. In busy periods hours are much longer."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Currently on secondment, I am working 8.00 am – 9.00 pm and some weekends. Previously in pensions I was working 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. The firm finds personal time, and socialising time very important. You are never encouraged to stay late unless it is absolutely necessary. Many times I have been told to leave by my supervisor because my work could 'wait until tomorrow'. There is a big focus on actually training trainees here, and much of the work you do is an exercise in learning how to do it for the future. As such, people are very flexible and patient with you while you figure out how to do things."
First year trainee, London
"All international firms have a bad reputation when it comes to working hours. However, I think the balance at Eversheds is really good. There will be times when you are needed to stay late, though they are rare. On a typical day, I leave the office at 6.00 pm. In general, how late you stay will depend on your workload. If you are managing your workload well then there is no issue with leaving on time. Just make sure you're meeting your deadlines and asking if you can help out."
First year trainee, Cardiff

2015

"I work 8:00am-6:00pm each day, and find that flexibility is offered so long as your work is completed."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"I have worked some long hours, but I see this as due to the quality of clients and the work on offer. A work/life balance is encouraged."
Second year trainee, Nottingham
"Again, working hours and their flexibility vary from seat to seat. Some seats have heavier hours than others, but as a general rule, when you're stuck working late everyone else is too so you're not alone."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"My working hours are dependent on my workload. I do not feel that there is a policy of 'face-time' in any of the departments here."
Second year trainee, London
"Working hours vary depending on the projects that you're involved in. If you do stay late, more senior members of staff check that you're okay and that your workload is manageable. You can also request remote access/a laptop to work from home if needed."
First year trainee, Manchester
"From my experience the hours are pretty flexible, depending on the department, and there is no pressure to stay to be seen."
Second year trainee, Cardiff
"Working hours are dependent on the seat you are in. That said, even if you have commitments while working in a busy seat, then supervisors are understanding. When working long hours food and transport home are provided by the firm."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I have not found that there is much flexibility around working hours, and they can be very long, but generally if you're working long hours it's because you're involved in an interesting and demanding project."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Working hours here are extremely flexible, in my view. There is an eagerness for people to have other interests, and no one is standing over you to make sure you are doing specific hours, there is just an expectation that everything that needs doing will be done."
First year trainee, Birmingham

2014

"The hours are very flexible, and I am generally in at 8:45am and I leave no later than 6:00pm - sometimes as early as 5:15pm."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Working hours vary massively depending on the workload of the department and which department you are in. The teams will take into account personal circumstances and commitments where possible. There is no pressure to stay at work longer than is needed."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"The firm does expect a lot from its employees, but the general feeing is that you just need to time manage to get your work done."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Apart from the inevitable urgent deadlines, there is a culture of working when and where you need to work. Remote working, and making up hours to allow for appointments during the day is common."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I work approximately 8:30am until 6:00pm, with around 30-45mins for lunch and the hours are fairly flexible!"
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The hours are flexible; from day one I was told that I'd manage my own case load."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"There's an expectation you will work hard at Eversheds, but there's no prerequisite of putting in 'face-time' for the sake of it - I often stay later as I enjoy the work."
First year trainee, Leeds
"So far, for this industry, the hours have been manageable at the firm."
First year trainee, London
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