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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, progressive and encouraging."
8.0 / 10
Formal Training
7.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.4 / 10
8.5 / 10
7.1 / 10
7.3 / 10
Pro Bono
6.1 / 10


  • Friendly and helpful mentors give regular feedback and support.
  • Early training is given to help trainees feel comfortable at the firm from the start.
  • Trainees are given responsibility and varied work throughout their time at the firm.
  • Flexible hours make it possible to maintain a good work/life balance.


  • There’s a feeling that trainee salaries are below average for a City firm.
  • It can be a struggle to get a seat in a highly sought-after department.
  • While the open-plan office is good for meeting people, some may find it distracting.
  • Some felt that the firm’s IT could be improved.

What insiders say about...

"Make sure you know where the firm falls within the legal market, which firms are..."

"Culture in the office is excellent. Everyone mucks in for work where required and..."

"The training massively depends on each individual department."

"You're assigned a buddy who is usually the most recent trainee in your department..."

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

"The working hours vary between departments and teams. Generally speaking the firm..."

"The pay is reasonable for the hours worked."

"We sponsor the national theatre so occasionally get backstage tours for free or discounted..."

"There was an assessment centre which included a HR interview and two written tasks...."

"I was asked about the content of my presentation (on a subject of my choice), about..."

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

"We have an LGBT society."

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

"My days vary. I attend weekly client meetings where I also prepare attendance notes..."

"I have worked on a reading programme with a local primary school. We visit the school..."

"The responsibility, quality of training, and firm's culture."

"The fact the offices are open-plan means that it is sometimes difficult to conce..."

"The mix of work, good reputation and the work/life balance that is genuinely enc..."

"Retention rates at the firm are generally very good."

"We have a great spring party each year."

"Friendly, progressive and encouraging."

"I am aware that the recruitment team are working hard on addressing this at the moment..."

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

"A bonus on starting for those who have achieved highly on the legal practice course..."

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