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7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"Balanced and inclusive."
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...

"Before the interview make sure you understand what Simmons & Simmons is about and..."

"The trainee group is tightly knit, and there is usually someone up for a beer. At..."

"The departmental training is strong, particularly in departments where trainees are..."

"Feedback is good in my experience, well established mentoring process in place."

"Some offices that face the internal 'atrium' are lacking in natural light. The dress..."

"I work very civil hours - although this can depend on seat. So far only I have only..."

"The bonus structure complicated and bonuses are not easy to get. However, the pay..."

"Free dinner and car home is always good. Drinks trolley in the department on alternate..."

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

"Various competency-based questions: teamwork, dealing with difficult situations ..."

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

"Simmons is one of the best firms in the City regarding diversity, childcare and maternity..."

"This has varied significantly between seats. In my previous seats, I had ownership..."

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

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

"Pay is below competitors and there can be a lack of transparency in relation to international..."

"It had a reputation for being friendly and now that I'm here, I can't emphasise how..."

"Retention rates have been shaky recently and we have been assured that the firm attempts..."

"Our work drinks are called 'soirées'."

"A great place to work with high quality work and friendly people."

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

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

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