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Simmons & Simmons

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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Ambitious and inspiring."
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...

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

"There is a clear hierarchy in terms of how work is managed, but this does not affect..."

"We have department specific training as well as various Professional Skills Courses...."

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

"The office is good, client rooms are very nice. The main office is a little less..."

"In my first seat I was mostly working quite long hours but they have been better..."

"At present, (June 2015), I would say the pay is slightly below the market but I have..."

"The taxi policy after 9:00pm is great. And we do get quite a few free tickets to..."

"I got hired through the summer vacation scheme. They did not do another interview..."

"A mix of some very standard questions, such as why I was interested in law, in being..."

"The firm has a dedicated environmental officer who seeks to reduce the Simmons carbon..."

"This is generally positive, although I think there is still more to do, particularly..."

"The work on offer very much varies from department to department. Currently I am..."

"The firm is very committed to pro bono and my current supervisor was recently recognised..."

"Fantastic people, who are both friendly and inspiring. I have a wonderful internal..."

"The trainee/associate/partner hierarchy is quite formal at times and the hours can..."

"I really enjoyed my vacation scheme. I knew the firm would be a great cultural fit..."

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

"Our art collection is impressive and actually quite edgy - for example, we have a..."

"Ambitious and inspiring."

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

"More freebies and perks or a higher salary."

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