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Simmons & Simmons

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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"A high-performance culture with a friendly face."
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...

"Research the firm's sector focus and understand what that really means and how that..."

"The culture is professional but supportive and friendly. As a trainee, there is no..."

"Very good, well organised and easy to learn from. There are departmental training..."

"I have learned a lot from the two supervisors I have had so far on an informal basis...."

"The offices are fairly small for the growing firm, however they are in a great location..."

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

"At a trainee level pay is competitive and fair in my opinion."

"Taxi home if you work past 9:00pm, priority tickets to the Donmar Warehouse and subsidised..."

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

"I was asked to demonstrate how I had shown each of the competencies in a work or..."

"Recycling bins all over."

"Our LGBT diversity is very strong."

"I have day-to-day client interaction and have been given the opportunity to run a..."

"The firm works with a variety of pro bono clients and offers a pro bono secondment..."

"The culture - everyone at the firm is driven for success but the competitiveness..."

"The hours can be long at times."

"I chose Simmons because of my great experience during the vacation scheme. I got..."

"These rates can be variable and retention strategies from HR aren't very transparent...."

"Every couple of months there is something called an "S&S Soiree" where the firm provides..."

"Friendly, supportive and insightful."

"There is a CR scheme with a school in east London which directly seeks to inspire..."

"I would appreciate fuller screening of trainee supervisors as quality varies a lot...."

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