Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, positive and hard-working."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • Occasionally, high workloads mean it can be hard to find the time to get feedback on work you have done.
  • Salaries are seen as good but becoming less competitive.
  • There could be more international secondments on offer, given the firm's global presence.
  • While the firm does have flexible working, this is not available to trainees.
Culture
8.7 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
 
Hours
7.6 / 10
 
Salary
6.3 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10
 
 

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"Research the firm. Go to the firm's own website and look in the legal press. Look..."

"Reed Smith offers a number of opportunities to get involved with different social..."

"First month as a trainee is full of department specific and general training, so..."

"My mentor is great - she is understanding, open and gives me a lot of time."

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"I would say salaries are fair."

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

"Standard competency-based questions relating to teamwork, responsibility, creativity,..."

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"Participates in diversity events which look to encourage people from minorities to..."

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"Over the past year, I have had the privilege of taking part in communications with..."

"Reed Smith are genuinely dedicated to pro bono and there is a vast array of projects..."

"Good people, friendly peer group, nice office and canteen."

"The fire drills. 30 flights of stairs is a long way down."

"The international focus, the firm's specialities that you cannot find in any other..."

"Retention rates fluctuate at times. The firm is growing and jobs are bound to be..."

"While Reed Smith is a global firm, our biggest office is in London."

"The firm is friendly and allows trainees to maintain a good work/life balance."

"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..."

"There are some great secondments but it would be nice to have one to New York or..."

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