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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 and challenging."
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...

"The interview focused on whether I would be a good match for Penningtons Manches,..."

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

"I have certainly had the opportunity to work on the skills I learned throughout my..."

"Partners and associates are always good at saying thank you for work you've undertaken..."

"The office is well laid out, spacious, clean, tidy and modern. The dress code is..."

"The firm is great in terms of hours and maintaining a work/life balance. This does..."

"The pay discrepancy between London and out of London is a bit too much in my opinion...."

"The PennWell programme is great. It is designed to support physical, emotional and..."

"The application involved a cover letter and the usual application form with competency..."

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

"Environmental initiatives include recycling and dimming lights in infrequently-used..."

"Unlike some other City firms, the firm has a huge number of female partners."

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

"High levels of responsibility from an early stage, day-to-day conduct of some files,..."

"I have yet to work on any pro bono, having only just joined the firm. However, I..."

"Most of my colleagues are very approachable and spend time teaching me. There is..."

"For me it is the location, which is slightly out of central Oxford."

"The feel I got from the firm when I attended an information day was one of the reasons..."

"If there is a place in the department's budget for an NQ they will always try to..."

"We have an in-house band who play at the summer party."

"Friendly and challenging."

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

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

"Bring trainees and the rest of the firm together for more social events."

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