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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"An open, diverse and hard-working firm."
  • 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

What insiders say about...

"Review your application thoroughly and be prepared to expand on it in the interview...."

"The culture here is very varied: while some departments would rather you did the..."

"We have regular departmental training sessions; these are at trainee level and department..."

"In my experience both the solicitors and partners are great mentors."

"The offices are amazing. The dress code for men is suits and open collar."

"Average day runs 9:00am-9:00pm depending on department later nights are to be expected..."

"I think salaries have been good, but are nowhere near what other US firms pay."

"Taxis home if you stay past 9.00 pm. Free dinner if you're working late (either at..."

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

"My interview consisted mostly of competency based questions, such as when I had worked..."

"Lots of recycling and energy saving initiatives."

"The firm does a lot of work supporting people within these groups at the firm. In..."

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

"This varies department to department and team to team massively."

"Trainees are particularly encouraged to get involved with pro bono. I have worked..."

"Trainees can get really involved in everything - from marketing events to big deals..."

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

"I chose Reed Smith because of the firm’s culture. Having completed a summer vacation..."

"Ordinarily the retention rates of the firm are very high."

"The IT help desk are based in Pittsburgh, so if you call them at 9:00am in the morning,..."

"Unusually friendly."

"We do a lot of networking events with organisation such as the BLD Foundation and..."

"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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