Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

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

"Re-familiarise yourself with all of the extra-curricular activities or jobs you have..."

"As a trainee you sit with a partner or senior associate. If you need to go and talk..."

"The training programme is very good. You receive a three-week induction at the start..."

"Training is taken seriously and feedback is always constructive. People other than..."

"Beautiful views from all areas of the office and the canteen. Business casual is..."

"When you have completed your work you can go home: it is not encouraged that you..."


"Subsidised canteen for lunch on the 31st floor."

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

"I was asked about my dissertation, examples of when I had demonstrated various skills..."

"The firm is committed to being green and there are a number of initiatives in this..."

"The firm does lots of great work with LGBT, minorities and disability diversity."

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

"You get high responsibility and great involvement in matters. You are not sitting..."

"Regular emails about pro bono and corporate social responsibility initiatives. I..."

"In general, people employed across the firm are friendly and approachable."

"Not getting paid as much as trainees and new qualifiers at peer firms."

"I found the international basis to be an attraction of the firm. This was alongside..."

"The retention rates depend heavily on the applications made by the intake. If everyone..."

"You can abseil down our building!"

"Fun, friendly and ambitious."

"A lot of work is done across the country to educate people on the option of this..."

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

"I believe that there should be more international secondments considering the international..."

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