Get the inside buzz from graduates at Osborne Clarke

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2015)
"Open and friendly, good career progression and opportunities."
Pros: 
  • Friendly and approachable colleagues make for a culture that is nice to work in
  • The firm's open-plan offices are well thought out, and they are in convenient locations
  • Trainees benefit from being given significant responsibility and good exposure to clients from the outset
  • The firm has a well-structured training programme which is staggered over the training contract and covers a multitude of skills
Cons: 
  • Working hours can be long at times, although there is no 'face-time' culture
  • IT systems could be improved as they can initially be quite difficult to get to grips
  • Most teams only have one trainee and as a result there is no one to share a workload when it gets busy
  • The seat rotation process can be a little drawn out, and trainees may not always get their first choice of seats
Culture
8.9 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.1 / 10
 
Hours
6.9 / 10
 
Salary
8.2 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.4 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.4 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Ensure that any application is completely tailored to the firm and has personality...."

"The firm is generally non-stuffy and non-hierarchical. Partners aren't possessive..."

"In terms of formal training, there is a formal induction process when you start...."

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

"We have huge, light and airy open plan offices. There is a good canteen and shower..."

"My average day is 8:30am-6:30pm. The firm is quite flexible, as long as the work..."

"All fee earners, even those who have recently joined were given a 2% pay rise to..."

"The summer party is a good perk."

"There was an online application form with the usual verbal reasoning tests. The assessment..."

"I was asked a number of competency based questions and I remember a lot of questions..."

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

"Osborne Clarke promotes diversity and flexible working, with dedicated focus groups,..."

"Depends on the seat. Some seats you get lots of responsibility whereas others you..."

"Charity activities and volunteering at local college, and organising volunteers/donations..."

"The atmosphere is a plus: everyone is very friendly and approachable, which makes..."

"We are increasingly working London hours, but the Bristol pay hasn't increased to..."

"They were very personable at interview."

"We have had very high retention rates recently and the firm's clear objective is..."

"I think that the firm organises great parties!"

"Straightforward, hard-working, approachable."

"I think Osborne Clarke is probably better than other firms. The trainees come from..."

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

"A more regular post-work social scene."

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