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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2016)
"Ambitious, but friendly, with a flat hierarchy and approachable partners."
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...

"I found that the firm tends to like candidates with some work experience; even if..."

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

"Formal training took place in quarterly meetings to improve legal and non-legal skills..."

"I've had lots of support from partners and associates who are very approachable and..."

"The Oxford office is a little out of the way on an out-of-town business park, but..."

"I work 9.00 am – 6.30 pm/7.00 pm. Most of the office clears out by 6.30 pm unless..."

"Pay is good for the regional offices."

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

"In comparison with other firm the questions seemed very straightforward. They appeared..."

"Interview questions included: Why do you want to work here (firm and location)? Why..."

"We have a ride-to-work scheme."

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

"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 team is very friendly and keen to get you involved with the work they're und..."

"There are lots of new systems and processes to learn."

"I was interested particularly in clinical negligence, and the strength of this team..."

"The retention rates are around 80%, which I think is very good."

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

"Friendly, hard-working and reliable."

"The firm's mentality seems to be that if the right person fits the job and the Penningtons'..."

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

"I would like to see more flexibility over locations would allow for greater choice..."

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