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Minuses

2016

"Seats can sometimes be quite quiet depending on where you go."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The pay compared to our counterparts in Norwich is poor. Unfortunately, Cambridge is an expensive city and living within 15 minutes of the office costs a small fortune."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The temperature in the office can sometimes be unpredictable."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Expectation of long hours in certain teams."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Transparency around where the jobs will be upon qualification. It's a very top-down system with the partners deciding and then informing the trainees. The trainees do not get a formal opportunity to voice what they would like."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Not great pay, especially in Cambridge (it's almost as expensive as London)."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Some discrepancies in the amount of work in certain teams at certain times (although that's probably not a firm-specific problem)."
First year trainee, Manchester
"A lot of trainees find the salaries are quite low, especially in Cambridge where the living costs are high."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"There are differing levels of responsibility given to trainees across the seats which can be frustrating."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Salary could be higher, especially compared with other Cambridge firms - considering we are by far the best Cambridge firm on offer."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The salary is perhaps not entirely reflective of the cost of living in Cambridge."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The hours are still pretty long when considered in the context of what we get paid."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Occasionally you may find yourself in a quiet seat, or stuck doing overly administrative tasks."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Trainees are unofficially expected to do a Real Estate seat - while some trainees enjoy the experience, it isn't for everyone."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Trainee workloads can sometimes vary across seats."
Second year trainee, Norwich

2014

"The IT system."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Quality of supervision varies from seat to seat."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Not knowing the order of when you can do seats in other cities and thereby receiving relatively short notice when you are going to move."
First year trainee, Norwich
"There is some variation between seats in terms of team friendliness, hours, quality of work, etc."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The IT. Disparity between work level in different seats."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The air conditioning/heating systems - the office is either too hot or too cold!"
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Not always enough work to do."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The salary is not competitive, although we have received an increase recently."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Uncertainty about being kept on for an NQ position."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Some seats can be much quieter than others meaning that it is sometimes difficult to get work from the team."
First year trainee, Birmingham

2013

"Disparity between level of responsibility/quality of work given in different seats."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Our IT system could do with some updating."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The interior of the office isn't that great."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The tendency of people to view it as a regional firm, even though it is a national firm with six offices across England."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The air conditioning - it's never right."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The salary isn't great and is too low for a firm of this standard."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Lack of confidence in qualification opportunities."
Second year trainee, Norwich
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