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Culture

8.5 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There is absolutely no sense of hierarchy at the firm at all, which is brilliant from both a culture and learning perspective. There is a respect for work/life balance and whatever your hobbies or interests may be outside of work. Hours are on the up though. There isn't a huge amount of socialising with colleagues but when it does happen (whether spontaneous drinks or the summer party) everyone is super friendly and knows each other as individuals with likes and dislikes. Not just our work persona."
First year trainee, London
"Although there is a hierarchy, it's not particularly visible. We work in an open-plan office with partners and trainees sharing pods with associates. Everyone is approachable and the office layout means that trainees get to know the partners just as well as they know junior associates. The social life at the firm is great. There are various firm events organised each year, such as a quiz night and a talent night. We also often have ad hoc nights out with our teams or as a group of trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is fantastic. There is an unbelievable number of things to get involved with (quiz nights, talent shows, bake-offs, darts, football, netball, book club, CSR, client parties). There is a collegiate atmosphere among the trainees where we genuinely help each other to do well. I've met some of my best friends at RPC. Being open-plan and not having job titles on name badges/desks means the hierarchy feels less obvious and makes senior members of the team far more approachable."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no single culture – different departments feel like different firms. Some are friendly, with plenty of socials organised and a general lack of feeling of hierarchy. Other teams don't do as much."
Second year trainee, London
"Really great culture. Partners are generally friendly and approachable. They are also happy to have coffees with trainees, particularly around times of seat moves to discuss career options."
First year trainee, London
"I think the firm's culture is great. The majority of people are open and friendly but are also great lawyers and hard workers. There isn't as much hierarchy as some of my friends at a similar level report from their firms (although this does differ across departments within RPC). I have experienced great levels of cooperation and teamwork. People offer to help others out all the time. I think more effort could be made to socialise at non-firm organised events though. Also, the work/life balance is not as it was. Hours seem to be getting longer."
First year trainee, London
"The socialising can depend on which department you're in but the firm's culture as a whole is excellent. It really is how it represents itself to prospective trainees. The hierarchy feels quite minimal and the open-plan office means people do work very collaboratively. There's always a lot of firm/department events to go to (I'm looking forward to our inter-house rounders tournament coming up soon)."
First year trainee, London
"The open-plan office helps to foster a friendly and non-hierarchical environment. The firm operates a house system for work social events, which provides opportunities to meet people from across the firm."
First year trainee, London

2015

"There is a very open culture, and it is easy to approach partners at this very sociable firm."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's culture has multiple elements: it is friendly, open-minded, active, musical and collegiate. The essential team ethic in litigation departments is prevalent. I feel that the firm is very meritocratic, and there is minimal (if any) social divide between partners, associates and trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been very impressed by the culture here: I have not encountered evidence of clear hierarchy and I have found everyone to be approachable and willing to give their time. I believe that the open-plan structure really helps in this way. The 'house' system that the firm has created helps to encourage social events across the firm, and these are really varied, from a team treasure hunt around the City, to the firm's annual Sports Day and bake-off."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture here is very friendly and everyone enjoys spending time together outside work."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"In terms of culture, I work with friendly, open and approachable colleagues, and this is both inside and outside of the office. There is very little hierarchy, which is helped by the completely open-plan offices."
Second year trainee, London
"There is minimal hierarchy here, and the open-plan office and social life of the firm mean that you can interact with a range of people in varying positions. There are things to be involved with almost every day/evening."
Second year trainee, London
"The open-plan contributes to a really accessible culture. Partners organise team drinks and are often the last ones there. People are keen to check you are not being overworked, and are responsive to lack of capacity when assigning tasks."
First year trainee, London
"There is no real hierarchy and no 'face-time' here. People really make an effort to say hi and just generally be really friendly. Trainees all have lunch together."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of firm events, and there is little hierarchy here, as I found that the partners are all very approachable."
First year trainee, London
"The open-plan office means that there is limited hierarchy. Socialising occurs both within the office and externally: a number of opportunities exist to engage with colleagues outside of the workplace."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Very strong. The 'house' system is a bonus and there are plenty of events to get involved in outside of work."
First year trainee, London
"The Bristol office is a friendly place to work. Some socialising takes place out of the office and this aspect of the office will grow organically as the new office 'beds down'."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm has a great culture, including the house system which offers opportunities to get to know colleagues from different departments, etc. Trainees are heavily involved in sculpting the social calendar."
First year trainee, London
"It is friendly and open with a distinct lack of hierarchy. Open-plan working is conducive to teamwork and bouncing ideas off your colleagues."
First year trainee, London
"In the office people are extremely approachable and friendly, regardless of seniority. There is not a visible hierarchy, helped by the open-plan floor structure. Outside of the office, it can depend on which team you are in as to the level of socialising."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is very informal and relaxed, but there is an underlying hierarchy that obviously you need to fall in with. There is genuine friendship between the trainees who all socialise with each other a lot."
First year trainee, London
"Socialising is both encouraged and embraced at the firm. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in sports teams and social events. The office is completely open-plan so hierarchy is fairly flat and encourages lawyers from all levels to interact."
First year trainee, London
"RPC seems much less hierarchical than other firms I have worked at. Everyone, including partners and senior staff, is very approachable and always willing to listen/help you if required. The social and corporate social responsibility aspects of the firm's culture are great and certainly exceed my previous experiences."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm has a great culture, from the house system with competitions and socials to the annual parties and various social events there is plenty to get involved with. There is a very active social life at the firm and the trainees are encouraged to participate in as much as possible."
First year trainee, London
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