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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2016)
"Strong international and regional capabilities."
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...

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

"Great team ethos, monthly socials with trainees."

"Day-to-day training is good as you get lots of access to partners and senior associates..."

"This is dependent on who your mentor is. I have had a very good mentor who has offered..."

"The office is well laid out, spacious, clean, tidy and modern. The dress code is..."

"Working hours are usually 8:30am to 6:30pm, but can be later if an urgent matter..."

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

"Private health insurance and gym membership discounts."

"The interview process is comprehensive. It involved an assessment day, in-tray exercises,..."

"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..."

"Partners and senior associates at the firm make an effort to get you involved in..."

"I have done little pro bono legal work, although I am aware that it exists within..."

"The work/life balance, and the hands on experience and training."

"The pay isn't quite as good as at other similar sized firms, although my pay has..."

"The firm's excellent reputation in IP, as well as a demonstrably friendly and welcoming..."

"The retention rate has dropped recently (due to our recent merger), however, I am..."

"We have our own band."

"Friendly and hard-working with a team atmosphere."

"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."

"Wages could be a little higher for me."

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