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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2016)
"Fantastic culture with a good work/life balance and personable staff."
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...

"My advice would be to research! You need to know the firm you are applying to, and..."

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

"They have bi-monthly meetings for trainees with take the form of seminars in which..."

"We have a mentor and buddy system. Trainees are assigned a second year buddy, and..."

"Despite being in Basingstoke, the office is pretty good. Close to the train station..."

"There has never been an occasion where I have needed to stay late. Family life is..."

"There is a bonus scheme at the firm, but after the merger this got deferred so current..."

"There are lots of benefits such as health insurance, dental insurance, travel insurance,..."

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

"The firm is very accommodating re: maternity leave, childcare, etc."

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

"Lots of client interaction to the point where trainees become the first point of..."

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

"The work/life balance, and the hands on experience and training."

"The level of responsibility can sometimes be intimidating and stressful."

"I chose the firm for the friendly atmosphere (cheesy, but true), the type of work,..."

"The retention rate has dropped recently (due to our recent merger), however, I am..."

"We have the best firm-wide summer party every year."

"Collaborative, friendly, great work and good work/life balance."

"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."

"There is not always a lot of communication surrounding seat changes and dates."