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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2017)
"Open and friendly with top-name clients and a broad range of challenging work."
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...

"I would advise you to learn as much as possible about the firm, its clients and in..."

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

"Each department runs a monthly know-how session to keep up to date with legal developments...."

"My mentor and partners have been very approachable. Feedback is given on pieces of..."

"Currently the London office is split. However, we are about to move to new offices,..."

"The hours are good in general and there is no culture of sitting at your desk until..."

"We are not badly paid for a regional office."

"The pension quality is very good."

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

"I was asked about the content of my presentation (on a subject of my choice), about..."

"Efforts being made towards making more file electronic rather than paper-based."

"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..."

"You are a valued member of each team you work for throughout your training contract...."

"The firm has the Charitable Foundation and there is a real drive towards the fee..."

"People are approachable. The partners are extremely open to questions, and seem to..."

"The work/life balance (while usually good) isn't always as reliable as I'd like,..."

"The breadth of practice areas, the friendliness of HR and my interviewing partne..."

"The retention rates have been good for the last few years."

"We have an in-house band who play at the summer party."

"Welcoming, cohesive and varied."

"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."

"More structured guidelines for the tasks to complete in each seat to ensure you've..."

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