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Minuses

2016

"The canteen is a bit expensive."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long in transactional departments, but that is true for all international law firms."
First year trainee, London
"Lack of certainty about trainee retention."
Second year trainee, London
"Sometimes long hours. Although there has been no hours culture in the departments I have been in, sometimes you just have to stay late to get all of your work done."
Second year trainee, London
"There are not enough international secondments."
Second year trainee, London
"Unpredictable hours."
First year trainee, London
"Trainee tasks can often be mundane."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Hours in transactional seats can be quite tough."
Second year trainee, London
"Certain departments are slightly understaffed and junior associate work falls on the trainees, as well as all the other trainee work. (Though from another perspective this is good in terms of added responsibility)."
First year trainee, London
"It is frustrating not being able to make plans during the week due to uncertainty over workload."
First year trainee, London
"Sometimes longish hours but that's the life of a lawyer."
First year trainee, London
"The long working hours of certain departments, and the fact that the smaller departments aren't certain to offer qualification opportunities."
First year trainee, London
"A minority of partners seem thoroughly uninterested in the training of trainees. Also, the firm is completely silent on career prospects other than the next step, i.e. qualification."
First year trainee, London
"There is a lack of qualification opportunities in some of the smaller departments."
First year trainee, London

2014

"At the trainee level, it is sometimes difficult to control your own timetable and agenda."
Second year trainee, London
"Often need to complete work to a tight time scale under pressure."
First year trainee, London
"Lack of transparency surrounding the qualification process and a great feeling of uncertainty."
Second year trainee, London
"Some departments have very unpredictable (and long) hours with a lot of waiting around; not everyone is as friendly as the rest of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long (but that's to be expected)."
First year trainee, London
"Certain members of staff failing to show appreciation for trainees' hard work."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"It is quite large so tricky to meet people outside your own department. Work not always spread out evenly amongst trainees in all departments."
First year trainee, London
"Lack of appreciation of work in some departments."
First year trainee, London
"Demanding and rigorous, can be unforgiving regarding the learning process. Thick skin required at times."
Second year trainee, London
"Supervisors who shouldn't really be allowed to have trainees give bad impression of firm, tendency to constantly remind trainees that they are on probation distracting and unnecessary."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm seems to have a reputation that differs from my experience which can be frustrating."
Second year trainee, London
"As with any firm in this recession, the concern that there might not be a job at the end of your contract."
Second year trainee, London
"Hierarchy and lack of appreciation by some members of the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"The work/life balance in certain departments is lacking."
First year trainee, London
"Sometimes long hours and hierarchy."
First year trainee, London
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