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9.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"Unique, national firm with quality clients and ambitions to develop..."
Culture
9.8 / 10
 
Formal Training
9.1 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
 
Hours
8.3 / 10
 
Salary
8.5 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.8 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.8 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • The firm has a very strong sense of teamwork and a friendly culture.
  • Trainees felt that the work they were given regularly improved in line with their ability.
  • There is currently a firm-wide drive to improve diversity and support at all levels.
  • Agile working is available for people at all levels, meaning it is easier to maintain a good work/life balance.

Cons

  • The London office can feel cramped without a large enough canteen or break-out areas.
  • Some trainees felt that not all offices were paid equally well.
  • While secondments are provided, some wanted an increase in number.
  • There can be competition for qualification seats in popular departments.

What insiders say about...

"It's best to always be yourself: OC looks for people who will fit in with the culture..."

"Open-plan office means all fee earners and partners are approachable. Good rapport..."

"I have had additional training on tax and presentations. Also there was a training..."

"Given the open-plan layout, everyone is very approachable, sometimes you don't even..."

"The office is located near lots of good shops/food places around Moorgate, One New..."

"The firm is very flexible in terms of dentist/doctor's appointments. There is no..."

"Pay is good for the location, and they do a profit share if the firm's done well...."

"I think the best perks is the Friday cake trolley."

"Assessment centre followed by an interview with a partner."

"There were competency-based and topical questions but the focus was on me and why..."

"The office is now paperless, no printing out emails for filing purposes. But I am..."

"OC are running a scheme to improve diversity and support women in the workplace...."

"My department isn't too client-facing but, as I've progressed through the seat, direct..."

"The firm encourages a wide range of charity work. For example, there is a reading..."

"People, variety of work and responsibility given to a trainee."

"There can be a lack of international/client secondments."

"The mixture of the friendly culture and good work/life balance with high-quality..."

"Retention rates are very high at the firm but, inevitably, it may not always be possible..."

"Osborne Clarke was founded in 1748 and was Isambard Kingdom Brunel's law firm. There..."

"Quality law work without selling your soul."

"The diversity committee looks at increasing social mobility. We also support Pathways..."

"It can get busy, but generally the atmosphere is not too stressful."

"It would be good to have a more established buddy system with the trainees in the..."

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