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Hours

6.3 / 10

(based on 29 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The hours aren't as bad as the magic circle but the work remains good quality. Macfarlanes has recently encouraged working from home one day every fortnight for associates and partners in certain departments."
First year trainee, London
"Very dependent on which department you sit in; I am in property and am usually out of the office by 7.00 pm at the latest. I have not yet needed to be available for calls or emails on the weekend."
First year trainee, London
"I start at 8.30 am and generally finish by 8.30 pm. There are of course some days where I will stay much later, but that is the nature of the job!"
Second year trainee, London
"My hours have been really good for a City firm, but I am yet to work in a corporate or finance department. Macfarlanes have just started a flexible working policy where everyone is encouraged to work from home once a fortnight, but it's not available to trainees. I don't ever feel pressured to stay if I have nothing urgent to do."
First year trainee, London
"The firm can be quite flexible. But for those of us in transactional departments it does grate that we work hours not far off US firms, but are well behind on pay."
First year trainee, London
"My work hours are pretty long. This can be pretty tough at times. There's not an insistence on it, and my supervisor has shown they are concerned that I go home when I can and do not overload on work. I think it just goes with the territory."
First year trainee, London
"I am in a seat that is notorious for bad hours (admittedly everywhere, not just at Macfarlanes), but when I work late I am welcome to come in later the following morning. Time off in lieu is not uncommon either. It's long days but I think their approach is fair, and you do feel the appreciation for your time."
First year trainee, London
"Varies by department and workload. Corporate, mergers and acquisitions and banking tend to have longer hours (as is common across the City), but these do not go unappreciated. Other departments offer different balances. Departments are generally good at accommodating holiday requests."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has recently introduced flexible working; one day every two weeks allowed at home (but not for trainees). Hours have been fine on the whole, with the usual peaks and troughs. Most departments thank you for putting in a slog."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Personally, I believe that my working hours are better than Magic Circle firms, and on average I work from 9:00am-7:00pm and have a half hour lunch break."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours are not consistently high, they tend to fluctuate so you can go through particularly bad periods but then have a month of working from 9:00am-5:00pm. Flexibility is there but has to be requested; and there is a lot of respect for holidays/personal commitments."
Second year trainee, London
"There are relatively long hours to be expected, as with most City firms, but working hours vary from department to department, and there isn't a culture of 'face-time' and the firm is reasonably flexible as long as the work gets done."
Second year trainee, London
"It depends on the department and how busy the firm is generally, but normally if you've been working hard the firm is very good at giving you time to cool off for a few weeks."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a lot of flexibility if you have an important event or a medical appointment. I have only had to cancel a day off once and that is because we were due to complete a deal."
First year trainee, London
"The difficulty is not knowing if something big/urgent could land on your desk at 6:00pm meaning that you suddenly have a late night. Each department is different, but there is a culture of 'if you're not busy, leave when you can'. I don't ever feel forced to stay late just to have more 'face-time'."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours depend on the department. Generally as a trainee it's been fine for me: on average I get in between 8:30-9:00am, and leave between 7:00-8:00pm. Working from home is not commonly done at trainee level, but can be done in case of an emergency or if it's very late and can be done from home. You have to take the initiative and ask for it though."
Second year trainee, London
"Working hours can alter with the ebb and flow of transactions...but they are never crazy, and staff are always understanding in the event of personal conflict."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Hours are very mixed depending on department. Corporate can be very long hours but also when you're not busy there is no 'face-time'. Generally I leave between 6:30pm and 8:00pm."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are pretty flexible and there's absolutely no 'face-time' culture at Macfarlanes."
First year trainee, London
"Work hours are reliant upon the department you are sat in. However, the firm is very understanding of other commitments and has a culture of no 'face-time'."
First year trainee, London
"Generally if you need to be somewhere else you can be. It's rare to be too overworked and there is normally some sort of day/week off to compensate if it happens."
Second year trainee, London
"By and large I have found hours to be very flexible and Macfarlanes is certainly not as much of a slave-driver as, by reputation, other City firms can be. Of course it depends on where you are on your deals, but I have found my supervisor to be very understanding when I’ve had an important engagement."
First year trainee, London
"I've found that hours depend on the supervisor, but if you have a doctor's appointment, etc. then they are generally quite flexible."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that hours are reasonably flexible but very project dependent - there is no problem going home if no deadlines are coming up. As a trainee I've found it difficult to decline work which may be given at the last minute."
First year trainee, London
"My average day is from 8:45am to 8:30pm. Hours are not monitored formally, but you are expected to get your work done and if that means staying then you're expected to stay."
First year trainee, London
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