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Trainee Retention

7.3 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Retention rates are now improving due to the reduced trainee intake. Graduate recruitment seem to do a good job of fighting people's corner."
First year trainee, London
"Generally very good. But as I am only applying for one department, I am not completely confident."
Second year trainee, London
"I don't think retention rates are a very realistic reflection of the firm. Generally, if a department likes you they will do their best to keep you. However, as there are so few of us, not all departments may be hiring when you are due to qualify."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm does tend to offer positions to most, if not all, trainees qualifying. There is always the draw and attraction of higher paid jobs, international roles or in-house roles. Also, some of the departments are still quite small and cannot offer a position to a new qualifier every year. However, it is great to have the opportunity to experience these departments in a full-service firm in a trainee seat, even if there wouldn't be room for you to qualify there."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I understand that the retention rate is good, although I am not sure what it is exactly. It depends on which departments are hiring."
First year trainee, London
"Historically retention has been poor, but my intake is the first post-crisis sized one, so retention rates in percentage terms should now dramatically increase. It also depends on who wants to qualify where - there will probably be enough jobs for everyone in terms of total number of vacancies."
Second year trainee, London
"The larger departments tend to offer a good likelihood of being kept on. The problem over the past few years, and the foreseeable future, is that the smaller departments hire infrequently, so if they happen not to be hiring at the right time for you, then it's hard luck."
First year trainee, London
"I think our retention rates are getting better. As a firm with small intakes, our retention rates can be slightly skewed and influenced if one or two trainees aren't kept on, either because there is not a place for them in their desired department or because they have chosen to go somewhere else. I am confident that as a firm, Mayer Brown's intention is to retain trainees and find NQ places for them wherever it can."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Our retention rates have not been fantastic but this is expected given the current financial market."
Second year trainee, London
"The retention rates are currently poor due to the large number of trainees. There was also an issue with having smaller departments which only hire one or two trainees. There are sometimes issues where many trainees wish to qualify into a smaller department. However, the firm is currently hiring less trainees, therefore this problem is likely to improve."
First year trainee, London
"Historically poor retention rates and a qualification interview make for a great deal of uncertainty surrounding qualification."
Second year trainee, London
"Low retention rates since joining in September 2012, there's only one area I would consider applying to."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Trainee retention is not great. I'm very nervous about not being kept on or being given a temporary contract."
Second year trainee, London
"Unfortunately, due to the state of the economy, I do not believe the retention rates are as high as everyone would hope. Nonetheless, I feel that I am doing well in my training contract and hope to have a good prospect of being kept on as an NQ."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates have been good in the past, around 60-80% but as trainee intakes have decreased, I am uncertain about NQ status."
First year trainee, London
"I'm fairly confident about being kept on, but not certain. The firm is not very clear (or possibly sure itself) about what our prospects are."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that due to the trainee intake being quite large and lagging behind market conditions retention rates have been quite low. However I believe the firm does try to keep people if it can and they are good."
Second year trainee, London
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