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Culture

8.4 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There's little sense of hierarchy because of the small office and collegiate atmosphere. Everyone is very welcoming and supportive. Lots of encouragement to work hard and play hard with many social opportunities during down time in transactional work."
First year trainee, London
"Generally friendly working culture and atmosphere. There is comfort in being able to address more difficult issues with senior members of staff if necessary. Very little by way of structure and hierarchy, allowing even the most junior parties to be involved heavily in a project or case."
Second year trainee, London
"There is less of a formal pyramid structure: juniors can also report directly to partners quite frequently. Colleagues are generally very sociable and enjoy spending time with each other outside of work as well."
London
"Most people are really nice and relatively approachable, which makes the long hours feel less painful."
First year trainee, London
"Culture is less international than I had expected. It tends to be a pretty flat structure but some partners are very senior and should be approached that way. There is always someone available for drinks after hours, which is great."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Colleagues are friendly and the firm has a non-hierarchical feel. Office hours are longer than some City firms, but likely very similar to MC firms. Smaller office/departments means more team effort and more opportunity to do more tasks on a project/deal; making learning much more thorough."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a good social calendar and the people are generally quite nice. On the whole there is good co-operation and teamwork, especially between those of a junior level. It can be quite difficult to maintain a good work/life balance though and there can be a lack of transparency at the top of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"In the office people at the firm are generally happy to help and are very friendly. There are quite a few firm organised social events as well."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very social and everyone knows everyone. It is not hugely hierarchical: if someone thinks you are capable of doing a particular task they will let you get on with it."
Second year trainee, London
"Colleagues at Shearman & Sterling are very sociable and friendly and supportive. There is an 'open-door' policy and senior lawyers take an active interest in your development."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is friendly and international. There is no strict hierarchy and lawyers at all level are generally approachable (including partners)."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is friendly to work with which is important in stressful and/or late night circumstances. Communication throughout some teams is sometimes lacking. Hierarchy is very low due to the small size of the firm; partners are accessible even to juniors. Afterhours socialising is always fun and encouraged - some departments socialise outside of work more than others."
First year trainee, London
"There is no sense of 'face-time' and people are very flexible when they can be. Colleagues are genuinely friends outside of work."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Partners and associates are generally very approachable and friendly. Trainees in our year get along really well, and are given quite a generous budget for social events."
First year trainee, London
"Great culture - 'open-door' policy throughout the firm, and very much a team-work mentality. Everyone helps everyone else, even if it means staying a bit later. Lots of social events, at trainee level but also department and firm-wide."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm puts on plenty of social events, encourages internal bonding and sponsors plenty of sporting and pro bono activities. There is a good rapport amongst senior and junior lawyers and teams are always structured in a way that allows junior lawyers to have access to partners and gain from their experience."
First year trainee, London
"Smaller trainee intakes lead to a great collegiate feel both before starting the training contract and at the firm. Trainees are included in all social events put on by the firm. There is plenty of socialising and cross-department catch ups are encouraged. It feels like a hierarchy based on merit not years of service, which is really motivating. Commitment to teamwork is also impressive, most notably amongst the junior lawyers/trainees."
First year trainee, London
"The hierarchy is more apparent in transactional departments, but generally there is a relaxed approach and even most partners are approachable and welcoming to questions. There is an active social life, with Friday drinks most weeks and people tend to go along to recruitment/vacation scheme drinks and make the most of time with colleagues as well as the recruitment aspect."
Second year trainee, London
"You feel like an integral part of the team and your point of view is always heard and considered."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The firm has a non-hierarchical feel and firm socialising is not banded between levels as such. Transaction teams I have worked on have always been demanding yet supportive."
Second year trainee, London
"Could do with a bit more cross-experience levels social events but the trainees all get on really well and associates and partners are lovely to work with. Varies between departments but people are generally really friendly at work."
First year trainee, London
"Hierarchy is not an issue and in both of my seats I have sat with partners, who are both genuinely interested in trainee development. There is a lot of official and unofficial socialising amongst trainees, and the firm sets aside a budget for trainee-only events, to be organised by us. The firm is incredibly collaborative and there is absolutely no competition or jealousy amongst trainees, since we all know that the partners will find a place for us at the end if there is a need to hire into the group. They will not automatically cull 30% of us as they do at other firms."
First year trainee, London
"Great culture - incredible open door policy, approachable partners who will stop you in the corridor for a chat and associates who are willing to teach and answer questions. Working with other trainees to figure out problems is common e.g. research. As trainees we all usually try and have lunch together daily. Outside of work the trainees and associates mix for drinks and other activities regularly."
First year trainee, London
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