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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2016)
"A firm which takes training seriously."
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...

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

"There is a real emphasis on creating a happy and productive team of solicitors. This..."

"There are monthly training meetings for my department as well as optional lunchtime..."

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

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

"The working hours vary between departments and teams. Generally speaking the firm..."

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

"Perks included free cinema tickets, taxis if we do end up working late (rarely),..."

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

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

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

"I personally think the diversity at the firm is great. It definitely reflects the..."

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

"I've been given hands on and varied tasks from day one with supervision easily a..."

"I am a member of the corporate social responsibility committee which aims to provide..."

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

"For me it is the location, which is slightly out of central Oxford."

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

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

"We have won the Oxford Corporate Football League 3 seasons running."

"Evolving and focused."

"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."

"Bring trainees and the rest of the firm together for more social events."

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