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2016

"Salaries haven't yet been updated to match the raises at competitor firms."
First year trainee, London
"For someone who has very little work experience, working long hours can be daunting."
First year trainee, London
"Uncertainty of permanent position following qualification."
Second year trainee, London
"As a trainee, you have to complete seats in different areas in order to have a balanced seat plan. While this might make you a more rounded lawyer in the long run, it's frustrating to have to do, for example, a finance seat if it doesn't interest you as much as other areas of law."
Second year trainee, London
"Internal training can be a bit limited in some areas."
First year trainee, London
"Some trainee tasks are heavily administrative."
First year trainee, London
"A very big firm; it can be hard to stand out."
Second year trainee, Singapore
"Sometimes communication can be problematic. Whether this is with HR in terms of seat planning, or within the team (lack of communication among associates as to the work trainees are involved in)."
First year trainee, London
"Being made to do a seat in finance and corporate, even when you know that you have no interest in them."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The lack of trainee bonuses is a bit disheartening."
First year trainee, London
"Working in some departments can involve long hours."
First year trainee, London
"There can be an expectation that you will work very long hours. Occasionally there is a lack of praise or encouragement. The qualification process is quite opaque."
Second year trainee, London
"On occasion the trainee work is less interesting/challenging as I would've hoped."
First year trainee, London
"The NQ job application process is not ideal."
Second year trainee, London
"Some seats have quite unpredictable hours."
First year trainee, London
"The unpredictability of the hours means it can be hard to make plans at times."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are occasionally very long and unpredictable - but I supposed you should expect that if you come to a city law firm. Perhaps the firm could be better at recognising when you've worked significant overtime though."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Long hours/working weekends."
Second year trainee, London
"Unpredictable hours, can feel stressful at times."
First year trainee, London
"There are times when you feel like a very small cog in a large machine."
First year trainee, London
"Unpredictable hours, some departments involve a lot of administrative work for trainees (e.g. litigation)."
Second year trainee, London
"Atmosphere at the firm varies depending on department."
Second year trainee, London
"Potentially unpredictable hours."
First year trainee, London
"Occasional unpredictable workload/uncertainty about the future."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be long and the work can be stressful."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Not enough international secondment opportunities."
First year trainee, London
"Its size can sometimes make the firm slightly impersonal."
Second year trainee, London
"Poor management of people at management level, little departmental socialising."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours, the lack of pension."
Second year trainee, Paris
"Spread between three offices."
First year trainee, London
"We only get four seats, and often at least one of them is unwanted."
First year trainee, London
"Administrative tasks - although these aren't too frequent. Being worried about the retention rate."
First year trainee, London
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