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7.3 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Typical hours are from 9.00 am – 7.30 pm/8.00 pm. The nature of those hours varies across departments. Corporate is more up and down whereas commercial has a steady flow of work to keep you busy."
Second year trainee, London
"Things can be very unpredictable at trainee level."
Second year trainee, London
"From my understanding, it seems to be flexible."
First year trainee, London
"Naturally, you are expected to work longer hours during busy times, such as when deals are nearing completion or when cases are nearing trial. However, when you are not busy you are not required to stay late."
First year trainee, London
"My hours have been good and pretty flexible. Unfortunately, working from home is not really a viable option for me."
First year trainee, London
"I am currently on secondment and have no complaints about my hours. During my time in corporate, hours were inflexible and every so often quite long. I did not have to work a weekend though and the firm was clearly making efforts to ensure that I didn't, which was greatly appreciated."
First year trainee, London
"Flexibility is decent and hours are fine for a firm of this size. The hours in corporate and finance are probably too long for the salary paid to associates. For a trainee, though, they are fine, given the relatively small discrepancy between trainee pay across the City."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Some seats (like Real Estate) are extremely flexible in terms of hours. Others (like Corporate) are much less so."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are not flexible (as they would not be anywhere else). If you are on the deal, transaction or case and there is work to be done - you are doing it. However I do think Olswang are more flexible with your weekend time if you have to work one and you have existing or important plans. Everyone wanting to do a training contract at any mid-large sized firm should go into it knowing it is not a 9-5. Some days you work 9:30am to 6:00pm, others you work 8:00am-4:00pm, depending on what is happening. However, with the long hours comes great excitement and adrenaline."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours are dictated by workload - if you're on a deal, then your hours will be long. However, most departments and partners are understanding if you've come off a big deal or transaction, and don't put you on another one immediately after."
Second year trainee, London
"You have to be willing to put the hours in if a project requires a tight deadline, otherwise it is up to you to manage your workload."
First year trainee, London
"I never leave the office before 7:00pm, and stay later than that about three days a week. Late nighters and all nighters are uncommon, days where you are in the office until 9:00pm or 10:00pm are not though."
First year trainee, London
"Your hours will vary massively - sometimes they can be very good, sometimes pretty bad. On the whole partners are understanding however."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours differ across departments, but people are generally understanding if you have arrangements you definitely can't miss. You obviously have to put in the hours when required, but there definitely isn't a 'face-time' culture and if you can leave on time on a Friday you're definitely encouraged to do so."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"You are trusted to manage your own time. However, with taking a lot of responsibility (which you are encouraged to do) comes long hours on occasion."
Second year trainee, London
"Nobody will reward you for staying late if you don't need to."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours vary from department to department. Mine have not been horrendous, but also not great. The last minute nature of knowing your hours is harder than the hours themselves."
First year trainee, London
"There isn't a widespread 'face-time' culture although this can vary by supervisor. Hours are very supervisor-dependent."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has been extremely flexible and accommodating in respect of my hours so far (I have fairly unusual family commitments for a trainee). When we have been busy, I have been able to take work home, which has made a big difference to me. However, I understand from fellow trainees that this is not the case in every seat (in real estate it is easier to manage your own workload)."
First year trainee, Reading
"There's no 'face-time'. If you have to work late, work late. If everything is done, go home."
First year trainee, London
"So far I have achieved a very good work/life balance. My standard hours are 9:00am-7:00pm."
First year trainee, London
"My hours are flexible in that I come in at 8:30am and if I need to leave at 6:30pm I often can."
First year trainee, London
"There isn't a huge clock watching culture and there is an emphasis on you managing your own workload rather than being told to stay late - if I stay late it is usually by choice."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Better than expected, but very seat dependent."
First year trainee, London
"Generally satisfied - hours not too demanding though you have to be disciplined."
Property, 1 yr PQE, London
"In corporate the hours are long and you are expected to stay late; there is a culture of 'face-time'. In other departments it differs."
First year trainee, London
"These vary enormously from department to department and depend on the amount of work coming in."
Second year trainee, London
"You are never made to work more than is absolutely necessary but, as you are given a lot of responsibility, long hours are sometimes unavoidable."
First year trainee, London
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