Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"The firm is very international, acting in high-profile and high-quality matters."
  • 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.
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

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"Friendly in the office and out. Lots of drinks events and a summer party on a boat..."

"As well as training for our individual departments which usually takes place in 1..."

"Mentors given in each seat, up to the individual trainee how much they are used."

"The office is knuckle-bitingly attractive - featured in the new James Bond film...."

"Different departments work different hours but in my experience, if you have a holiday..."

"Low pay compared to that of peer firms. Trainee bonuses are fixed and very nomin..."

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

"I completed the application form on the firm's website, got invited for the assessment..."

"The interview consisted largely of competency questions regarding key skills such..."

"There are recycling bins everywhere!"

"We have a specialist diversity team who endeavour to make sure that the firm are..."

"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."

"We are always encouraged to get involved and hours count towards bonuses."

"Sense that the firm has things it wants to achieve and that it's going places."

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

"Reed Smith had won an award for training the previous year, it had a great global..."

"The retention rates are average although this is often due to a bottle neck of trainees..."

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

"Down-to-earth, innovative."

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

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

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

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