Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"International and ambitious."
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...

"Thee's an online application, a strengths-based interview, a group exercise and a..."

"The firms culture is very inclusive, especially for future trainees who are often..."

"There's always something to attend if you want to: from all sorts of departments..."

"There will always be someone around that you can talk to, whether that is another..."

"I think that the offices are very impressive; with the best views in the City. It..."

"No face-time requirement in my current department."

"Base pay is also on the lower end of the market."

"Perks include taxis, food after 9:00pm, gym membership and free accommodation if..."

"I was required to attend an assessment day of three parts: an exam, a group interview..."

"I was asked a number of questions about my CV and some typical interview questions..."

"We are encouraged to recycle paper and computers automatically shut down at 10:00pm..."

"Our firm has a good commitment to diversity and actively recruits in a positive ..."

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

"I do not have much client interaction but only because of the nature of the work..."

"I am working on a project which will see a draft model law to protect human rights..."

"Both the people and the culture in which I work make Reed Smith a great place to..."

"Although some people are not very approachable; others can be."

"Their strong media and entertainment department as well as their location and si..."

"If people aren't kept on, it's usually due to jobs in their preferred department..."

"A scene of the last James Bond film was filmed at our office."

"International and ambitious."

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

"You're busy during the day but people generally accept that you need to leave at..."

"Faster IT systems."

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