Minuses

2018

"The work/life balance can be pretty bad at times."
Second year trainee, London
"The level of work we're exposed to can sometimes be daunting."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay scale doesn't match some other US firms."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can sometimes be long and unpredictable. The firm is sometimes a high pressure and high stress environment."
First year trainee, London
"There has been an unfortunate shift away from some things such as approachability and a work/life balance and towards the classic stereotype of a US firm. We have very little predictability about our work and the firm is focusing more and more on billable hours."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"The hours are unpredictable, which makes it hard to plan things in the evenings and at weekends."
Second year trainee, London
"There can be expectations that you will work long hours and they can be unpredictable."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours are long and seemingly arbitrary at times."
First year trainee, London
"There's not a great work/life balance."
Second year trainee, London
"There should be more information in advance of your first seat. It can be hard to get all of your seat choices and this means you may have to do seats that aren't your priority rather than seats that you may find more interesting."
First year trainee,First year trainee, London,London

2016

"Lack of women in senior positions."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be a bit tough sometimes."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can be quite unpredictable."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Top heavy structure means that perhaps there are not enough opportunities to do substantive work."
First year trainee, London
"At certain points during my training contract I have not been busy enough."
First year trainee, London
"The firm doesn't have the deal flow of a large Magic Circle firm."
First year trainee, London
"Sometimes hours can be unpredictable."
First year trainee, London
"Maintaining a decent work/life balance can be challenging sometimes."
First year trainee, London
"The distance we are from headquarters in the US is felt, and it means the office can feel like an outpost rather than a fully operational firm."
First year trainee, London
"Due to the international nature of the hours can be unpredictable - you do not know whether you will be working late until about 6:00pm as work tends to come in late in the day. Additionally very quiet periods are also frustrating."
First year trainee, London
"The majority of the decision-making has to be done in America."
First year trainee,

2013

"The work can be time pressured."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be quite long."
First year trainee, London
"Volatile working hours."
First year trainee, London
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