Simmons & Simmons

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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Driven, friendly, ambitious, quality, acts with integrity."
Culture
8.6 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.1 / 10
 
Hours
6.6 / 10
 
Salary
6.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.4 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.9 / 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.
  • The formal training on offer covers a wide range of topics and is seen as being very valuable.
  • There’s a very strong focus on pro bono work with interesting projects on offer.

Cons

  • The firm does not offer as many international secondments as some would like.
  • There could be more transparency in the seat allocation process.
  • The benefits offered could be better with more variety.
  • The salary is seen as being fair, but not particularly competitive.

What insiders say about...

"When it comes to the interview, have a general knowledge of the workings of the City,..."

"The firm has a great culture. People are really supportive and there are a lot of..."

"Induction takes place in the first three weeks of your training contract; it's a..."

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

"The office is good, client rooms are very nice. The main office is a little less..."

"It's been pretty good during my first seat. We had hearings for the first few months..."

"The firm recently increased its pay for trainees. I believe that this is competitive..."

"We get a limited number of tickets to the Frieze Art Fair. Other than that, the usual..."

"The interview process was quite involved, there was a document exercise, a drafting..."

"A mix of some very standard questions, such as why I was interested in law, in being..."

"The new office is certainly very highly rated from a green perspective."

"Simmons is very committed to diversity with respect to women. They have many initiatives..."

"You are given a good degree of responsibility in corporate but support is always..."

"The firm has formal pro bono initiatives and there are a variety of ways to be involved..."

"I appreciate working with great people, who are fully invested in my training."

"Work/life balance - but this is a fact of working in a City law firm rather than..."

"Everyone is extremely supportive and seems to care. There is not the 'sharkish' nature..."

"The firm's retention rates have recovered, but only after a poor spell in recent..."

"You get retro biscuits (Wagon Wheels and Tunnock's caramel etc) at afternoon meetings...."

"Collaborative and innovative."

"The firm hosts work experience for high school students to target those from different..."

"Either remove the grading system or apply it more consistently across the firm."

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