Get the inside buzz from graduates at Simmons & Simmons

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, supportive and insightful."
Culture
8.2 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.3 / 10
 
Hours
6.9 / 10
 
Salary
7.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.1 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.6 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • The culture at the firm is friendly and collegiate at all levels.
  • Senior lawyers are happy to explain things to trainees and aid in their development.
  • Well regarded for gender diversity.
  • The formal training on offer covers a wide range of topics and is always very valuable.

Cons

  • The firm does not have a huge number of international secondments on offer.
  • At times the hierarchy at the firm can be quite rigid.
  • There could be more transparency in the seat allocation process.
  • Retention at the firm has been low recently.

What insiders say about...

"Research how Simmons & Simmons sees itself as different. Think of a number of challenging..."

"The firm is very sociable in my experience. There is a clear hierarchy which can..."

"Very good three-week induction programme. Lots of training at the beginning of each..."

"The partners and solicitors are very accessible. The only slight issue would be trying..."

"The London office is in Moorgate, close to the tube station. The dress code is business..."

"In my first seat, my hours were very consistent arriving at 8:30-9:00am and leaving..."

"The pay is very generous, especially when one considers a trainee solicitor's inexperience,..."

"Free taxis after 9:00pm. Free dinner after 8:00pm. Modern art work and exhibitions..."

"The process is now an online verbal reasoning test, written exercise, document exercise..."

"Why do you want to work here? Why do you want to become a lawyer? What are your hobbies?..."

"Eco-friendliness is a big area of focus for the firm in its corporate social res..."

"Varies from department to department. Active with regards to LGBT and Christian networks...."

"In my first transactional seat I had daily contact with the client, with significant..."

"I have not yet worked on any pro bono projects but know that the firm is very committed..."

"Great working culture - most partners are willing to explain deals and are patient..."

"Unpredictability of working hours."

"The great working environment and culture we have here, which just makes work so..."

"I think the feeling is very much that the March starters get a bit of a rough deal..."

"Every couple of months there is something called an "S&S Soiree" where the firm provides..."

"Welcoming, innovative, focused."

"We have a pro bono scheme with local schools whereby we mentor students, offer financial..."

"I think the firm should offer more international secondments."

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