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Minuses

2016

"Remuneration is not on par with other City firms."
First year trainee, London
"Comparatively lower pay. Some teams are less established so training quality can be variable."
Second year trainee, London
"We can't open any windows due to being in a high-rise tower. This unfortunately means there's a lack of fresh air."
Second year trainee, London
"The unpredictable working hours."
First year trainee, London
"It's mandatory to undertake a contentious seat."
Second year trainee, London
"Not getting paid as much as trainees and new qualifiers at peer firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Limited international secondments."
First year trainee, London
"The lack of transparency in the seat allocation process and overseas secondments. The obligation to apply for a secondment."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I find the bonus scheme, especially at trainee level, to be too opaque."
First year trainee, London
"People at the firm are very busy, so sometimes it can be difficult to get feedback for work you have done."
First year trainee, London
"Although some people are not very approachable; others can be."
First year trainee, London
"Reed Smith deserves more brand name recognition as a firm."
First year trainee, London
"There could be more overseas secondment opportunities now that a secondment is compulsory for trainees; perhaps it would work better as an option rather than being mandatory."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The firm is working to increase the awareness of its brand in the UK. Some progress has been made but there is still some work to do given its size and the work it does."
First year trainee, London
"Often long hours in certain departments."
Second year trainee, London
"The traditional office set up means that floor can be quite quiet - good for productivity but have to make a larger effort to meet and work with different people."
First year trainee, London
"Not enough international secondments - they have now been reduced to two and the secondments that I was most interested in have now been removed."
First year trainee, London
"The occasional long hours."
First year trainee, London
"Long hours in some departments."
First year trainee, London
"Like most large organisations there can be some bureaucracy and a bit of office politics!"
First year trainee, London

2013

"Unpredictable hours and occasional admin trainee tasks."
First year trainee, London
"The fact that there is nowhere to get food after 2:00pm bar a vending machine."
1 yr PQE, London
"Certain partners can be less appreciative of the concept of a work/life balance!"
Second year trainee, London
"Hours can be slightly long. Some seats are fiercely competitive."
First year trainee, London
"Qualification process was not as transparent as it could have been. I did not think that taking part in interviews was the best way to decide upon the candidates who were to be offered jobs with each group, especially after working at the firm with the various partners over the two years of training."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"The fire drills. 30 flights of stairs is a long way down."
1 yr PQE, London
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