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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, interesting, and challenging in a good way!"
7.9 / 10
Formal Training
7.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.4 / 10
7.6 / 10
6.1 / 10
7.5 / 10
Pro Bono
6.7 / 10


  • People at the firm are friendly and helpful and mentors give regular support to trainees.
  • Early training is given in both legal and non-legal skills to help trainees feel comfortable at the firm from the start.
  • Trainees are given responsibility and varied work throughout their time at the firm.
  • While hours can be long, many feel it is easier to maintain a good work/life balance than at other firms.


  • There’s a feeling that trainee salaries are below average for a City firm.
  • There can be competition for seats in highly sought-after departments.
  • While the open-plan office is good for helping trainees to learn, some find it distracting.
  • Some feel that the firm’s IT could be improved.

What insiders say about...

"You should read up as much as you can on publications written by partners in the..."

"Work culture is friendly and open, with various teams and events organised for socialising..."

"I have received a lot of informal training from my partners and associates. The more..."

"This is dependent on who your mentor is. I have had a very good mentor who has offered..."

"The location of the London office is great. There are a few building management issues,..."

"There is no face-time culture here when it comes to hours. I regularly start work..."

"Pay is lower than average for the area, but for the expected hours worked are excellent...."

"Interesting networking opportunities such as rock climbing!"

"Competency based questions and questions based on the application form."

"There were skills-based questions as well as questions about my background, the firm..."

"There are recycling bins and the firm is pushing to go 'paper lite'."

"Maternity leave at Penningtons Manches seems to be good (no personal experience)..."

"Penningtons has recently introduced an accelerated route to promotion for people..."

"During my work here I have had a lot of responsibility, and almost daily interaction..."

"I have done a fair amount of pro bono and charity work and this is something I would..."

"The quality of the work and the level of responsibility given to you right from the..."

"The hours are longer than anticipated given the salary level."

"I applied here because of the excellent vacation scheme, during which I did real..."

"There are good opportunities to stay if there is an opening."

"We have been champions of the local five-a-side league for each of the past three..."

"Ambitious, friendly, and relaxed."

"The firms' corporate social responsibility schemes with local charities focus on..."

"In general, stresses are associated with the job, not the firm."

"Higher pay."

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