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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Quality work and good training."
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...

"Make sure you can answer competency questions in a well structured manner and be..."

"The culture in the office is one of friendliness and collegiality. The social committee..."

"Compass training includes soft-skills training days taught by external tutors. This..."

"There are lots of opportunities for mentoring. Each trainee is assigned a trainee..."

"The firm has recently adopted a firm-wide dress down policy that has been positively..."

"The hours are long but working from home is easy to arrange as everyone is entitled..."

"In line with the City and I think the hours are better than my friends at magic circle..."

"Free dinner, free taxis after 9.00 pm, £2,000 loan over the summer before you start..."

"The firm has high standards. However, I found the interviews interesting and the..."

"I was asked for an example of when I'd overcome a personal challenge and what my..."

"Recycling bins are common around the firm, as is double-sided printing."

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

"I have received diverse and interesting work with a mix of billable and non-billable..."

"I have worked on a lot of pro bono projects in some departments and less in others..."

"Interesting work, and supervisors take care to explain matters to you."

"Our options for seat choices can be inflexible."

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

"The firm's business policy has been to focus on certain key businesses so you may..."

"A piece of modern art in one of our meeting rooms looks like a flip chart. A client..."

"High-performing with interesting work and an approachable atmosphere."

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

"More flexibility on seat choice 'umbrellas'."

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