Get the inside buzz from graduates at Reed Smith

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"Fun and friendly with good-quality work."
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...

"Ensure that you research the main industry groups. It helps to be able to explain..."

"There is a collaborative culture at the firm. As a trainee, you will work for many..."

"With regard to formal training, I found there to be a wide variety of seminars on..."

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

"Incredible views, state of the art facilities, plenty of space, trainees share an..."

"I work 9:00/9:30am-6:30/7:00pm (latest). I think this is pretty reasonably compared..."

"The fact that trainees get bonuses is already great - I understand not all firms..."

"The office has stunning views."

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

"What are your strengths and weaknesses? Tell us about a time when you solved a difficult..."

"In my experience, there seems to be little evidence that the firm is implementing..."

"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..."

"There's a variety of different tasks from many people within the team to keep things..."

"There are so many opportunities to get involved in pro bono work, and I wish I had..."

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

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

"The friendly nature of the firm drew me towards them, as did its open-door policy,..."

"The retention rates are quite high and there is usually a sufficient number of jobs..."

"When classes are on, you can do yoga on the 31st floor!"

"International 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..."

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

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