Simmons & Simmons

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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, supportive working environment."
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...

"The process consists of an online written application before an online test."

"There is a very strong team spirit in the firm, minimal face-time and lots organised..."

"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 current Bristol offices are located in the Temple Quay area, which is easily..."

"The firm has the usual long city hours and hours can be uncertain. However, team..."

"The trainee salary is good and changes to it are transparently communicated."

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

"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..."

"The firm recently issued mugs to everyone and removed disposable cups and cutlery..."

"I am heavily involved in the firm's LGBT initiatives, and am encouraged to participate..."

"I've taken on a wide variety of work under many different fee earners. This ranges..."

"I am currently working on a pro bono matter for a major charity - great work outside..."

"The people are generally very reasonable, approachable and easy to work with."

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

"I was attracted to the firm's international reach and their clear sector focus."

"The retention rates have been historically quite variable and the business climate..."

"Our canteen is covered with Damien Hirst artwork."

"Ambitious and inspiring."

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

"Allow for more flexibility during seat choices. The four-group system sometimes doesn't..."

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