Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, challenging, leading."
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...

"Know what the firm does, know a bit about the areas you might want to go into."

"The culture is generally friendly and open. I don't think we have a 'face-time' culture..."

"Reed Smith created the Law and Business Masters so we picked up business skills before..."

"Depends on the individual, but as a culture the lawyers are very accessible. There..."

"Inhabiting the 3rd and 23rd to the 32nd floors of the Broadgate Tower, the office..."

"I appreciate the later start at the firm as it makes it possible for me to do the..."

"As a trainee I really cannot comment on bonuses as of yet; but I find that the pay..."

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

"I received an offer for the training contract after my summer vacation scheme at..."

"Why this firm? Why law? Tell us about a time when you have exceeded expectations..."

"We have green champions who monitor the carbon footprint and are constantly assessing..."

"Diversity initiatives at Reed Smith are brilliant, and they are continually grow..."

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

"I have fantastic exposure to a variety of work in my first seat. I have been given..."

"Pro bono counts towards your target hours and you can do as much as you want. 100%..."

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

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

"The niche practice areas, the people."

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

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

"Unusually friendly."

"Variety of initiatives, discussions and forums as well as always bringing in a variety..."

"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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