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Kennedys - a different perspective


6.8 / 10

(based on 9 ratings in 2018)


"The trainee salary is in line with other Manchester-based firms of a similar size."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"It is reasonably high but I don't know any details about bonuses."
First year trainee, London
"Our pay is pretty average and the bonus scheme is not very transparent."
Second year trainee, London


"Our pay is relatively low for an international firm and we don't have bonuses."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I think the pay is generally reasonable. However, Cambridge is very expensive, being on the commuter route to London, and the regional salary does not seem to go as far as it will do in the other regional offices."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Trainee salary is excellent. New qualifier salaries are not as good and do not compete with the market. Trainees do not get bonuses despite having targets."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The pay is low for trainees and new qualifiers."
First year trainee, London
"Regional pay is much less than London pay. The London pay is decent as a trainee but the new qualifier salary could be higher."
Second year trainee, London
"Our pay is admittedly behind competitor firms."
First year trainee, London
"Salaries are reasonable among competitors operating in the same field."
First year trainee,
"Pay is known to be low at Kennedys compared to similar firms, but we don't have the expectation of working the long hours that they do. Pay differs between teams on qualification, which has caused some resentment."
First year trainee, London


"Our pay rate is lower than other similar firms. However, we did receive an increase on our first day!"
First year trainee, London
"There are different salaries in different departments and this can create friction. The trainee salary is OK considering the hours we work."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is a little lower than other City firms. However, the culture and work/life balance makes up for this."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is very competitive for trainees in Manchester."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Lower than other London-based firms but we get more social hours and it's still reasonable for a City job."
First year trainee, London
"It's reasonable given the sort of work and clients the firm is involved with."
Second year trainee, London
"Regional pay is considerably lower when compared with London."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Pay is at the lower end of the scale and there is no bonus scheme for trainees."
Second year trainee, London


"To me pay is on par with the nearest of competitors."
Second year trainee, London
"As a trainee you do not get a bonus, however, I am aware that there is a voluntary bonus scheme in place within the company. As a trainee the wage is good, however, I feel that the jump upon qualification as a regional trainee is noticeably lower than that experienced by the London trainees."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"While I feel that the salary is probably a little below average for a London firm, the quality of work is so good that the level of pay becomes less important."
First year trainee, London
"The pay reflects the hours, and to me the work/life balance is significantly better than other top firms."
First year trainee, London
"The trainee salary is very competitive for the region. Trainees do not qualify for bonuses, but a bonus structure is in place for all fee earners, qualified or otherwise."
First year trainee, Chelmsford


"I think that the trainee pay for a regional office is very good in comparison to other firms."
First year trainee, Taunton
"I don't think the salary is as competitive with other firms as it used to be."
Second year trainee, London
"It's a good starting salary in my opinion, but you can never have too much!"
First year trainee, London
"The pay is good although somewhat on the lower end of the spectrum compared to competitor firms. There is no bonus as a trainee that I'm aware of."
Second year trainee, London
"I think the regional office staff's salaries are lower, despite many putting in similar hours to those of the London office."
First year trainee, Cambridge
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