Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly and supportive."
8.7 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
7.6 / 10
6.3 / 10
9.3 / 10
Pro Bono
9.4 / 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.


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"Responsible business is big at Reed Smith. Time spent volunteering or helping others..."

"Socialising amongst trainees is great, because we were all friends from law school..."

"Very much depends on the department and surrounding colleagues. Sometimes it's of..."

"In my experience both the solicitors and partners are great mentors."

"The offices at Broadgate Tower have the best view out of all law firms in the City...."

"Hours are comparatively good with other city firms. Hours can be unpredictable but..."

"Trainees received a bonus this year. It was welcome, as we have put in a great deal..."

"Amazing views. Well-rounded pro bono offerings and opportunities to become involved..."

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

"There were a variety of questions relating to my experience throughout my interview,..."

"The responsible business department implements initiatives in this regard."

"We have a specialist diversity team who endeavour to make sure that the firm are..."

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

"It's a small team, so there are high levels of responsibility and a good level of..."

"I ran the firm's participation in the Legal Walk for two years running and employees..."

"The broad range of international clients and the resultant multi-jurisdictional ..."

"The fact that there is nowhere to get food after 2:00pm bar a vending machine."

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

"The retention rates are good and all those who are good enough can usually stay with..."

"Recently opened offices in Singapore and Houston."

"Fun, friendly and ambitious."

"There are a large number of initiatives the firm is involved in - headed by Sarah..."

"As with any career there are times when you are a bit stressed but never for prolonged..."

"In my opinion the firm should make seat allocation more transparent."

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