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Minuses

2018

"Given the size of the firm, the seat options are not as vast as what may be offered at other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"There is little emphasis on social events (or a budget for them) although this is improving."
Second year trainee, London
"The fact that there is not as much interesting work in some of the firm's smaller departments."
First year trainee, London
"Some departments work US hours but the pay is linked to London competitors. This means that the London office pay does not keep pace with our US colleagues."
Second year trainee, London
"There can be a lack of clarity around qualification. Teams can be small so experience gained in different departments may be too specialised when looking elsewhere for roles."
Second year trainee, London
"Some practice areas have a more structured approach to training than others."
First year trainee, London

2017

"The lack of social events or budget for them."
First year trainee, London
"A lot of responsibility can mean a lot of pressure, you need to be confident in asking for help and assistance."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can be long and you are expected to do them (although my supervisor is usually good about letting me go when there's no work to do). We don't have the amenities in the office that some of the larger firms have and the pay isn't as high as some other US firms. There can also be a lack of transparency when it comes to seat choices."
First year trainee, London
"More could be done to promote a social base for the trainee intakes such as sports teams, socials or catch ups."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Sometimes getting limited appreciation for the work we do."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay isn't as high as some other firms. There are long hours and out-of-work socialising is limited."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a lack of social events organised on a firm-wide level."
Second year trainee, London
"It can be intense. You need to be ready for the responsibility that comes with a small intake – you might be the only trainee in your department."
First year trainee, London
"There's a lack of formal training in each seat rotation."
First year trainee, London
"We occasionally have very long hours."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"There is sometimes a lack of oversight in what trainees do, which can lead to feelings of being out of one's depth."
Second year trainee, London
"Sometimes the communication is not as good as it could be!"
Second year trainee, London
"It is a shame that the offices don't have a canteen."
First year trainee, London
"The size of the London office tends to mean that people and resources can be overstretched. As a result, a lot of the more administrative work which would usually be done by a separate administrative or facilities department can fall on the most junior people (i.e. the trainees), and at times the work can feel more like churning paper than real work. It can also make for some unattractive hours."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can often be tough, especially in some of the busier departments."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I feel that there is little job security here."
Second year trainee, London
"Personally, the transparency of the qualification process is a minus."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can be quite long."
First year trainee, London
"It can sometimes be difficult to receive detailed feedback on work due to the firm being very busy."
First year trainee, London
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