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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Hard to pigeon-hole - good people."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
8.7 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
 
Hours
7.6 / 10
 
Salary
6.3 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Research the firm. Go to the firm's own website and look in the legal press. Look..."

"Fewer trainees make for better social events and getting to know each other. No requirement..."

"Very much depends on the department and surrounding colleagues. Sometimes it's of..."

"There will always be someone around that you can talk to, whether that is another..."

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

"The flexibility of working hours can depend on your supervisor: they are happy for..."

"Trainees received a bonus this year. It was welcome, as we have put in a great deal..."

"Taxis, dinners if working late, invites to client events, free tickets."

"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..."

"In terms of reducing their carbon footprint; the firm recycles and the computers..."

"Participates in diversity events which look to encourage people from minorities to..."

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

"The work I have been given has given me the opportunity to learn while enjoying the..."

"We have a dedicated pro bono lawyer who organises numerous pro bono projects that..."

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

"Long hours in some departments."

"The secondment opportunities and high-profile clients."

"Retention rates are generally really good and the firm tries to keep on as many trainees..."

"There are always cakes and chocolates in the kitchen – not great for the waist..."

"American on the outside, English on the inside."

"The firm is part of PRIME, a scheme in London which gives applicants from less privileged..."

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

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

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