Minuses

2017

"The hours can occasionally be long and it's sometimes hard to get the seat that you want."
Second year trainee, London
"HR have been disorganised at times and (at the moment) it seems that the chances of me sitting in the seat I want are very slim."
First year trainee, London
"The fact that we find out about our next seats quite late."
Second year trainee, Mpscow
"Long hours and sometimes having to do mundane trainee tasks."
First year trainee, London
"We need more female partners and female leadership in general."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has not kept up with some competitors in terms of remuneration."
Second year trainee, London
"There can be a lack of clarity on the procedure for seat allocation."
First year trainee, London
"I've occasionally had to seek further clarity on my instructions. The commute to London Bridge can be difficult on a packed Northern line."
First year trainee, London
"The seat selection process. I have found that several people have had trouble getting the allocations they wanted."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is not particularly sociable outside of working hours."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Experiences can vary between departments."
Second year trainee, London
"HR's approach to seat choices and allocation. Seats last for six months so being in a department you don't necessarily enjoy is difficult as the seat is so long and you are removing one of your four qualification options."
First year trainee, London
"The workload can vary greatly and there can be some quiet time."
First year trainee, London
"The long hours. It's difficult to obtain a litigation seat."
Second year trainee, London
"It's impossible to predict which days will be the busiest. This makes it difficult to plan things during the week."
First year trainee, London
"Endless administrative tasks (be it in banking or litigation)."
First year trainee, London
"Salary and benefits are dropping behind our rivals."
First year trainee, London
"The hours in certain teams can be long (as with any City firm) but they do not go unrecognised."
First year trainee, London
"IT and IT support could be better."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I sometimes find that my working hours can be somewhat unpredictable."
First year trainee, London
"I find that there can be stressful times when there is a lot to do, and I have done some late nights. Being a trainee on three or four big-time deals that are happening at the same time can take its toll."
First year trainee, London
"I find that the firm's social side could be further developed, and in my experience the working hours can be long."
First year trainee, London
"A drawback for me is how I feel that the working atmosphere can be so different from one team to another."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Long hours at times."
Second year trainee, London
"The occasional late night (although you are always in good company!)."
First year trainee, London
"It is good to be out of the City but the location of the London office is not great for shops and amenities."
Second year trainee, London
"It's a corporate law firm; so the hours, unsurprisingly."
First year trainee, London
"The fast-paced nature of the work can be demanding, but it makes the results more rewarding."
First year trainee, London
"Despite the reputation as being nice and friendly, it is still a City law firm with all that that entails - sometimes unnecessarily long hours, ups and downs in terms of busy-ness and quality of work."
First year trainee, Tokyo

2013

"Long hours/weekends and some departments which do not give client contact/responsibility as freely as others."
Second year trainee, London
"Rapid expansion of late may still impact our culture. Also not treated quite as well as some other firms e.g. whilst on secondments, but balanced by probably better prospects of having a job on qualification."
First year trainee, Dubai
"The banking teams and to some extent the corporate teams are the most important in the firm. Trainees have to do a seat in each which means options to sit in a more niche area are minimal."
Second year trainee, London
"The long hours and the fact that there are not many options for lunch other than the canteen and Pret."
Second year trainee, London
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