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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2016)
"The firm is innovative and dynamic; yet supportive and committed to its core values. There is a genuine environment of meritocracy without too much of a focus on hierarchy."
  • 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.
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

What insiders say about...

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

"At the firm there is no real sense of hierarchy as everyone is approachable and willing..."

"In training, we have regular seminars and presentations by barristers and consultants...."

"Partners and associates are always thankful for the work I have done. Most partners/associates..."

"The new offices are very nice. Situated a few steps from St Paul's cathedral, the..."

"Working hours are usually 8:30am to 6:30pm, but can be later if an urgent matter..."

"Pay is fairly competitive. Bonuses are not on offer to trainees."

"Social evenings, birthday cakes."

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

"Why this firm specifically? What ties do you have to the area? Where do you see yourself..."

"The firm actively encourages a cycle-to-work scheme and recycling."

"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..."

"My satisfaction has varied between seats. Generally, I have had good client exposure..."

"I have taken part in the opportunities to volunteer for various community incentives..."

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

"The salary is low in comparison to some other large City firms."

"Online reviews rated the firm as having a friendly working culture with reasonable..."

"The impression here is that if there is a position available then you will get i..."

"We have a great spring party each year."

"Ambitious, friendly, and relaxed."

"I have not come across the firm's policy on this. However, I do think the nature..."

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

"I would personally like there to be a stronger mentor system."

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