Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, innovative and evolving."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.3 / 10
7.2 / 10
6.5 / 10
9.1 / 10
Pro Bono
9.6 / 10


  • The high-quality work and level of responsibility given to trainees shows how highly valued they are by the firm.
  • Friendly colleagues and an open culture make the firm an enjoyable place to work.
  • A wide variety of formal training is on offer providing lots of opportunities for developing new skills.
  • The firm has won several awards for its work surrounding diversity.


  • Salaries are seen as good but becoming less competitive.
  • There could be more international secondments on offer, given the firm's global presence.
  • There can sometimes be competition for the more popular departments.
  • Some felt that they would have liked more control over their seat choices.

What insiders say about...

"I found the interview process quite transparent, and it stood out from interviews..."

"Despite the obvious hierarchy within a law firm, everyone here is extremely friendly..."

"At Reed Smith, there is an absolutely vast array of training you can get involved..."

"Although ways of acting on specific issues are not always clarified, and you can..."

"The offices are modern, bright, airy and open plan. We have superb views of London...."

"I have never been told I am expected in at a certain time or to stay in until a certain..."

"I'm generally very happy, although the issue of pay does crop up a lot."

"Plenty of free lunches with lectures/seminars, regular drinks trolley events, recently..."

"I didn't apply anywhere else so I have nothing to compare my experience to. The application..."

"The interviews were broad: questions ranged from commercial to competency-based."

"In terms of reducing their carbon footprint; the firm recycles and the computers..."

"The firm has won awards on diversity and you can see this in practice every day...."

"I'm not really sure what it takes to become partner; this isn't relayed at my stage..."

"I get lots of autonomy and really interesting work that's high value, often highly..."

"There is a huge variety of pro bono projects to get involved in. I have done all..."

"Approachable partners and big ticket litigation work."

"The pay to hours ratio isn't the best."

"The secondment opportunities and high-profile clients."

"Retention rates are generally what would be expected, but there are certain departments..."

"The James Bond film, Skyfall, was filmed in our lobby (although it claims to be ..."

"Friendly, innovative and diverse."

"The firm is part of PRIME, a scheme in London which gives applicants from less privileged..."

"Some days are stressful. If I am working on an urgent application or injunction then..."

"I would prefer to find out our next seat a bit earlier."

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