Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Responsive, proactive, friendly."
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
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Know the firm's selling points i.e. its strength in niche sectors e.g. shipping/..."

"Fewer trainees make for better social events and getting to know each other. No requirement..."

"Varies greatly from department to department. Some offer weekly or monthly training..."

"Supervisors are very accessible: always available to provide advice and feedback...."

"Great office space and location. Unfortunately, not every floor has a microwave...."

"Flexibility is good, but there is an awful lot of work."

"The pay is good and on par with other law firms. It's not as high as magic circle..."

"While I think it is pricey for what you get, the canteen is good. Other perks include..."

"The interview process at Reed Smith is not as rigid or clinical as other firms. A..."

"My interview consisted mostly of competency based questions, such as when I had worked..."

"Recycling bins and notices on every floor and new green reps from each level of the..."

"One of the best firms for diversity."

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

"Plenty of responsibility and contact with external counsel, if not with clients."

"The pro bono initiatives at the firm are really good: we do loads of pro bono and..."

"Friendly atmosphere, beautiful building, relatively good hours, good interaction..."

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

"Its modern outlook and work/life balance for an international firm."

"Rates are normally good - although it depends on the ratio of trainees who are after..."

"You can abseil down the side of the office for a charity event every year. That's..."

"American on the outside, English on the inside."

"We do a lot of networking events with organisation such as the BLD Foundation and..."

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

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

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