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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Gowling WLG

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, knowledgeable and supportive."
Culture
9.1 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.7 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.4 / 10
 
Hours
8.6 / 10
 
Salary
8.1 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.1 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • Trainees are given a wide variety of work across departments.
  • Associates and supervisors offer a very good support network for feedback and training.
  • There is a very proactive approach to improving diversity.
  • The culture of the firm is friendly and welcoming with little hierarchy.

Cons

  • Some feel that the Birmingham salary, while good, is considerably lower than at City firms.
  • There could be more information offered to help trainees choose their seats.
  • While flexible, hours can be long and unpredictable in some departments.
  • There can be competition for the more popular seats.

What insiders say about...

"There's a written application, an online test, a video interview and an immersive..."

"This varies according to office location and department but it's generally a very..."

"The firm runs lots of training programmes that you can enrol in such as LinkedIn..."

"I receive timely feedback on my work and am able to approach all members of my team..."

"The office is designed as open-plan and this applies to every member of the team,..."

"I usually have good hours and the firm is flexible about my needs."

"I think the firm pays a good market salary for trainees. All employees were awarded..."

"We have a social club that allows you to buy subsidised tickets to events."

"I was asked general competency questions such as 'Why law?', 'Why would you be suited..."

"There are lots of initiatives surrounding this including new recycled paper being..."

"The firm has a clear commitment to diversity and goes out of its way to improve this...."

"I have significant responsibility and manage my own matters."

"There are a lot of corporate social responsibility schemes available for trainees..."

"The friendly and inclusive nature of the majority of the teams within the firm."

"Competition for seats can be challenging."

"I did an informal work experience placement and was impressed with the quality of..."

"Retention rates are generally good. The firm appreciates people who work hard and..."

"We have an annual party in January, which is epic."

"Down to earth, humane and approachable."

"More international secondments."

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