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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2017)
"Strong international and regional capabilities."
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...

"The assessment day consists of in-tray exercises and a mock client interview. After..."

"The open-plan office adds positively to the culture and there are great office-wide..."

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

"Partners are always happy to speak to you and answer queries and the informal training..."

"Due to the expanding nature of the firm, some offices start to feel cramped. Parking..."

"Working hours appear to be flexible to the extent that you are not expected to be..."

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

"Private health insurance and gym membership discounts."

"My interview process was with legacy Manches. I first had an interview with the HR..."

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

"The firm recycles but I'm not aware of any additional efforts in this area."

"The firm has a strong commitment to diversity, as shown by various 'Pennclusion'..."

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

"From day one at the firm I have been given a good level of responsibility, and I..."

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

"There's a genuinely friendly culture with a great work/life balance."

"There could be more social events."

"Reputation. I was told to apply there by a family friend who is a former managing..."

"Retention rates are good but, like most firms, there is no guarantee of a place in..."

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

"Growing, inclusive and sociable."

"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 lunch facilities would always be nice, although there is still space to take..."

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