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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Olswang LLP

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"On the verge of something amazing."
Pros: 
  • The firm does a wide variety of high-profile work with interesting clients.
  • Trainees are given responsibility and get involved in all areas of each department.
  • An open-door policy and collaborative culture has led to a nice atmosphere in the office.
  • Supervisors are very good at providing support and explaining new concepts and ideas.
Cons: 
  • Trainees are occasionally assigned less dynamic and more administrative work.
  • There are limited opportunities to do a seat abroad.
  • Some technology and IT in the firm needs to be updated.
  • Trainee retention is variable but has not been high in recent years.
Culture
8.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.1 / 10
 
Hours
7.3 / 10
 
Salary
6.7 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Be yourself. Don't learn answers to common questions off by heart - in the interview..."

"Very relaxed and informal."

"Very thorough training is provided, especially in the Commercial department."

"Partners are always amenable to offer informal guidance and advice - the door is..."

"Great offices in London and Reading. The dress code is smart but certainly not stuffy..."

"So far I have achieved a very good work/life balance. My standard hours are 9:00..."

"Trainees don't get bonuses and there are fewer 'perks' than at some other firms...."

"Tickets to great events, great in-house food ('The O-Zone')."

"I was interviewed for the training contract as part of the vacation scheme. Candidates..."

"I was asked about my hobbies, interests, experience and ambitions."

"Beehives on the roof. Herb garden in the grounds. Lots of great green stuff."

"The firm often has diversity-based events and support associated organisations."

"It will be possible to get to senior associate but making partner seems harder and..."

"Great work in some departments, good client interaction and a good level of trust...."

"The firm has an energetic and varied CR department. I've done pro bono fee earning..."

"The work/life balance and lack of hierarchy."

"Long hours for, perhaps, not the most competitive pay. The lack of qualification..."

"Size of firm compared to number of trainees in each intake. Quality of work and range..."

"Fluctuations in recruitment patterns for different departments mean people are not..."

"We have bees and you can train to be a bee-keeper. We also all got sunflower seeds..."

"Collaborative and innovative."

"The firm states its commitment to diversity, and encourages trainees to participate..."

"I think this is just the flipside of the high level of responsibility trainees can..."

"More direct supervisions from partners."

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