Kennedys - a different perspective

Get the inside buzz from graduates at Kennedys

7.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, with a good work/life balance."
Culture
8.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
6.9 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
6.9 / 10
 
Hours
8.1 / 10
 
Salary
6.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
4.3 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • Work given to trainees is of a high quality and includes a good amount of client contact.
  • Hours are considered very reasonable for the industry and allow a good work/life balance.
  • The firm's friendly atmosphere makes it an enjoyable place to work.
  • Retention at Kennedys is very high as the firm aims to keep as many trainees as possible.

Cons

  • Workloads can be variable so there may be very quiet periods.
  • Some trainees would like more control over the seats they want to take.
  • Salaries are not seen as being particularly competitive compared to other firms.
  • Departments are based across different offices, meaning your options are limited by where you work.

What insiders say about...

"Know a lot about the firm and why you want to work here when applying. Also have..."

"Both in the office and after-hours I think that all colleagues are approachable and..."

"The firm encourages trainees to be independent so you learn the area of work quickly...."

"My last supervisor was very thorough in thinking through the impact of work on my..."

"We have a new office in Manchester on Oxford Rd, which is spacious and modern."

"Contracted to work 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Realistic hours are 9.00 am – 6.30 pm."

"Trainee salary is excellent. New qualifier salaries are not as good and do not compete..."

"Perks include the fresh fruit provided every morning, and an excellent panoramic..."

"I previously worked as a paralegal in the Cambridge office following my interview...."

"My interview focused less on the law and more on me and what I could bring to the..."

"The firm stresses the importance of recycling everything!"

"The firm is really good at promoting flexible working for parents and lots of people..."

"As a second year trainee, I have had great exposure to work and a great deal of client..."

"I've not been told of any opportunities."

"Kennedys has really interesting work and is involved in lots of high-profile cases..."

"There's a lack of transparency in some teams and not as many benefits as some other..."

"The international and ever-expanding footprint. Its renowned expertise in insurance..."

"I have been offered a job. The retention rates at Kennedys are extremely high and..."

"The teams have numbers rather than names... nobody understands them."

"Insurance and litigation focused."

"Kennedys have a legal apprentice scheme for people straight out of school."

"Personally I think that the firm should remove the hours target for trainees, or..."

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