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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Simmons & Simmons

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, supportive and insightful."
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.
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
 
 

What insiders say about...

"The assessment day consists of an interview, a written exercise, a commercial exercise..."

"The culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. Trainees share an office with..."

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

"There's a partner mentorship program but I don't see my mentor that frequently -..."

"The office space is fairly nice as they go, I have seen better and worse. Working..."

"The firm is very flexible if you have children or some other good reason. It is less..."

"At the end of the day, we are getting paid very well for what we do and have had..."

"Best perk is its location, which is right above a few good bars and coffee shops..."

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

"The interview consisted of competency questions based on my application form and..."

"There are paper shredders (paper waste gets recycled) conveniently located throughout..."

"We have a strong LGBT network (and a straight allies network) and women's network..."

"Good levels of client interaction across all departments, chance to attend meetings/court..."

"Everyone is expected to do 50 hours a year (counts as billable time) and you get..."

"Nice people, good friends. Good training."

"The pay and perks on offer at Simmons could be better."

"The high-quality work and opportunity to train at a world-class firm, but with a..."

"The last September retention rate was extraordinarily high (98%) which is comforting...."

"Our art collection is impressive and actually quite edgy - for example, we have a..."

"Relaxed, professional, friendly."

"The firm is involved with a lot of mentoring schemes for students in school."

"Work on trainees being made to feel truly part of the firm."

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