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2016

"The canteen can sometimes be a bit hit and miss."
First year trainee, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
"It is easy to feel a little lost in the crowd at such a big firm."
First year trainee, London
"You sometimes have to work unpredictable hours."
First year trainee, London
"It is quite large – this can make it difficult to meet people from other parts of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be quite long at times."
First year trainee, London
"The (sometimes) unpredictable hours."
First year trainee, London
"There is a lack of benefits other than the salary. Do a bad job and you certainly know about it, but do a good job and it doesn't get as much acknowledgement."
First year trainee, london
"There are long hours and the firm can sometimes be hierarchical."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Working hours can be difficult at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"As a junior member of the team it is sometimes difficult (though not impossible) to maintain a work/life balance."
Second year trainee, London
"Although recording our time is a necessary part of the job (of course), I do not agree with it."
Second year trainee, London
"I find the hours and the element of unpredictability difficult."
Second year trainee, London
"As with all City firms, I feel unable to make plans during the week and have to work late."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The unpredictability of the hours."
Second year trainee, London
"The distribution of workload amongst trainees is sometimes not very even."
Second year trainee, London
"Occasional working at the weekend/late nights."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can sometime be tough, but no more so than at other firms. This is something you sometimes have to expect in this career."
First year trainee, London
"Six-month seats mean that a bad seat wastes a lot of time. However you do get to pick afresh each time, which is a massive plus."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"The canteen food could do with an upgrade."
First year trainee, London
"At times the size of the firm can be a bit overwhelming."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be bad."
First year trainee, Singapore
"Would like a bit more responsibility in my role."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long and there is a stay-late culture in some departments."
Second year trainee, London
"Occasional late night/early morning. Recently the firm changed the late night food ordering policy, meaning it is now heavily restricted."
First year trainee, London
"Exposure to good work isn't always easy to obtain."
First year trainee, London
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
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