Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"The firm is varied, inclusive and social."
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...

"Commercial and intelligent people. The best way to prepare would be to stay involved..."

"Overall the firm is friendly with a great open-door culture. Certain teams have excellent..."

"Numerous training sessions are held during the course of the training contract."

"We are given two mentors when we start - a current trainee and an associate in our..."

"The office is new and is in a good location. The dress code is smart but I only wear..."

"The role demands long hours on occasion (mainly because of the City culture) but..."

"Our salary has recently increased to a more acceptable level and probably reflects..."

"Benefits generally are good - good pension match, season ticket loan, discounted..."

"There was a very long application form, if you pass this stage you are invited to..."

"Why Reed Smith (this is a standard question for all law firms)? Why law?"

"We are always encouraged to recycle and there is a firm-wide waste reduction programme...."

"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..."

"I have been surprised at the level of client contact offered so far through my training..."

"Trainees have to get involved (and they should) in pro bono work, and up to 50 hours..."

"International firm with blue chip clients, interesting work and great people."

"Hours can be slightly long. Some seats are fiercely competitive."

"Great international work and friendly people at interview and on the vacation scheme...."

"Retention rates are generally good here, but if a couple of the big groups don't..."

"You have a good chance of meeting a film or music star. This is not only because..."

"Friendly, positive and hard-working."

"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..."

"It would be helpful if they could tell us where the firm is taking on staff so we..."

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