Get the inside buzz from graduates at Simmons & Simmons

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, supportive and insightful."
Culture
8.6 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.6 / 10
 
Hours
7.6 / 10
 
Salary
7.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.6 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.9 / 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.
  • A wide range of benefits are offered including a gym subsidy and starter loan.

Cons

  • The firm does not offer as many international secondments as some would like.
  • Though it’s relaxing, the hierarchy at the firm can still be quite rigid at times.
  • There could be more transparency in the seat allocation process.
  • Hours can be very long across all offices.

What insiders say about...

"I would advise that people research our key sectors as this is something that we..."

"Very good bunch of trainees who are all sociable. Associates and senior associates..."

"We have regular training sessions."

"People are generally good at providing feedback but ultimately it is the responsibility..."

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

"I'm on client secondment so my hours are good. In my previous seat my average leaving..."

"Trainee pay appears fairly standard for the market. There are no bonuses for trainees..."

"We get a free dinner after 8.00 pm, which is pretty reasonable."

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

"What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? Why do you want to work for Simmons..."

"The firm is carbon-neutral and we recycle and shred about 70% of our paper usage...."

"LGBT and straight allies networks are particularly active and flexible working (especially..."

"It varies by department, but generally I have been able to take on high levels of..."

"Battersea Legal Advice Centre - our senior partner's pet project, so supervisors..."

"The training is very good. The work is complex and challenging and people are generally..."

"Relatively long hours but that's just law, not the firm."

"I picked the firm based on its reputation for high level work."

"People who want to stay are likely to be offered a job, people who want to move on..."

"The modern art collection: we collect young, British artists before they have made..."

"A really great firm to train at with a breadth of practices, attracting top end clients...."

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

"I would like to have the option of completing six, four-month seats instead of four,..."

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