Get the inside buzz from graduates at Simmons & Simmons

7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"Collaborative, skilled, interested in the world."
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...

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"Time recording targets and unpredictable hours."

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