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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2016)
"Down to earth and commercially savvy."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
8.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.8 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.4 / 10
 
Hours
8.5 / 10
 
Salary
7.1 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.1 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"In the interview ask good questions about the firm in order to show that you are..."

"When I started my training contract, everyone at the firm was very welcoming and..."

"When first joining we had training sessions once a month which was great and allowed..."

"I have had excellent mentoring from all supervising partners. Everyone in the team..."

"I am in the Surrey offices which are open-plan, and this adds to the relaxed atmosphere...."

"Cannot complain about the hours - typical day is 9:00am-6:00pm."

"I find the salary to be good for Oxford."

"The firm has a great sports and social committee that offers discounted theatre tickets..."

"I attended the vacation scheme which meant I didn't have a first round interview,..."

"The questions in my interview focused on my personal attributes and experiences,..."

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

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

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

"At the firm I have plenty of client interaction, both over the phone and in meetings...."

"It wasn't great to begin with but they are setting up a more firm-wide approach with..."

"The firm has a very good work/life balance and you are exposed to a high level of..."

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

"I applied here because of the excellent vacation scheme, during which I did real..."

"While I feel confident that I could be kept on, securing a new qualifier job in an..."

"The firm has 300 years of history."

"Down to earth and commercially savvy."

"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 have liked for the trainees to kept slightly better informed on the learning..."

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