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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, efficient, growing."
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...

"Research thoroughly. Do not attempt to get an interview with a generic application,..."

"The firm is friendly, approachable, social and inclusive."

"I felt that there was occasionally a lack of direction and the emails organising..."

"People are keen to offer guidance. The open-plan office helps and I feel the work..."

"There's a big discrepancy between locations. Regional offices are less modern and..."

"The work/life balance at the firm is very good. Typically my working hours are 9:00am-6:00pm...."

"The pay is less than it would be in London but it is very good when compared with..."

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

"The first interview consisted of an hour's talk with two members of staff from HR/Graduate..."

"All the general questions like: why did I pick the firm? What areas was I interested..."

"The firm recycles but I'm not aware of any additional efforts in this area."

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

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

"From day one at the firm I have been given a good level of responsibility, and I..."

"I have not been involved with any pro bono work to date."

"The great culture mixed with good-quality work."

"There's a big pay gap between the trainee salary of the London and regional offices...."

"I had a positive work experience placement."

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

"We have a great spring party each year."

"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."

"More contact with HR to discuss training options and feedback."

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