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Trainee Retention

9.0 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2018)

2018

"I think it's been a long time since anyone who wanted to stay on hasn't been given the opportunity to do so."
First year trainee, London
"Our firm boasts a nearly 100% retention rate due to the small intake of trainees. Most trainees stay on at the firm after qualification."
First year trainee, London
"Our firm hits near 100% retention rates every year. The firm always offers enough qualification places for trainees but (as expected) some areas are more popular than others."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates at the firm are very good and they aim to keep everyone who wants to stay if there is enough space in the chosen department."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates seem to be generally good and a real effort is made by graduate recruitment and the departments to ensure that as many people as possible are kept on."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates tend to be very high. You get the feeling that, if a department is oversubscribed, the firm will go the extra mile to try to fit you in elsewhere if you're good enough."
Second year trainee, London
"The retention rates are high. The firm tries very hard to take everyone but not everyone will get their first choice of qualification seat."
Second year trainee, London
"Macfarlanes LLP prides itself on the fact the firm hires 'future partners'. You are told from the outset that you won't be a mere cog in a wheel and it is a relief to find that what you are told is not just a shop window. I genuinely feel that the firm is invested in me as an individual and, with such investment, I believe that it would not only like to keep me on as a new qualifier, but also see me stay so that I could one day make partner."
First year trainee, London

2017

"The firm makes an effort to retain as many people as possible so I am confident that I will have the best possible chance here."
Second year trainee, London
"The retention rates are consistently extremely high."
First year trainee, London
"They've always been strong and reflect well on the value placed upon trainees and the culture of the firm as a whole."
Second year trainee, london
"They're very high. The firm makes a serious effort to retain people within the firm and most people have got their first choice when qualifying."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention levels are very good on the whole as there are enough jobs for everyone. If people leave, it's generally because there wasn't enough space for them in competitive departments but they could have gone to a less competitive one."
Second year trainee, London
"Any inability to retain new qualifiers seems to be due to too much interest in a department without enough openings. I've not heard of a new qualifier wanting to leave the firm because they didn't like it."
Second year trainee, London
"They're as high as they could be when you take into account that we are a small/medium-sized firm and some departments are popular. The firm does a great job at matching where people would like to qualify with business needs."
Second year trainee, London
"I think the retention rates are much better here than at most firms."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Depends on which department you are interested in and whether there are any positions. If you are interested in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, or private client, you are almost guaranteed a position."
First year trainee, London
"Consistently positive retention rates. All that leave tend to do so through choice. Some departments are far more popular than others so some trainees leave on qualification as there isn't room for them in their chosen department."
First year trainee, London
"We have good retention rates. Most of the people who leave do so because they have an offer from elsewhere (often to do other types of work), not because they haven't had an offer here."
First year trainee, London
"The rates are good. There is competition for certain departments though."
First year trainee, London
"Pretty good and transparent new qualifier hiring process, with high retention rates."
Second year trainee, London
"Pretty high and the firm will make an effort to find you a space in a different department if they want to keep you on, which is reassuring."
Second year trainee, London
"They seem to be very good and I'm not worried about qualification at this point."
First year trainee, London
"Good. The firm aims to keep all of its trainees, and will do, unless you opt to move elsewhere or aren't good enough."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention rates are generally high and I'm not aware of any instance of a trainee who wanted to stay being offered no choice at all in the last 18 months. Popular departments do not always have space for all applicants, but alternatives are offered and the interview process is appropriately rigorous in light of this. The process could benefit from being more transparent."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Retention rates here are superb."
First year trainee, London
"I think that being kept on as an NQ is pretty much guaranteed."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are very good - the firm tries hard to keep everyone."
Second year trainee, London
"All of the trainees that are leaving are doing so to move elsewhere despite being offered an NQ position. As far as I am concerned, that is as good as 100% retention."
Second year trainee, London
"I have already been kept on. Jobs were offered to all except one, and those who have left have left of their own accord. Retention rates are therefore very good - it is a good time to be qualifying!"
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The firm have good retention rates, often approaching 100% retention of those trainees who wish to be retained."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are very high. We are very busy and Macfarlanes is the type of firm that is desperate to keep its trainees because it has invested so much in us and they recruited for our promise."
Second year trainee, London
"I think the firm's retention rate is very good; they like to keep people on and develop them."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention is very good. I haven't heard of someone being dropped for ineptitude - only for lack space in a certain department or trainee motivations."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are relatively high (about 80% I think) and it is encouraging to note how many current partners (57%) trained at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are excellent."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has very high retention rates for people who choose to stay."
First year trainee, London
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