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Minuses

2016

"Relatively long hours but that's just law, not the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Lack of client contact and of transparency over seat allocation and overseas secondments. Very limited choice in overseas secondments."
Second year trainee, London
"Concerns about low retention rates and seat choices with good employment prospects."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be aggressively long."
First year trainee, London
"There are very few international secondments, and in reality most trainees who want one will not be able to go on one. Trainees have little security that they will be able to secure a job in the department that they want. As I'm sure with all City firms, it is not unusual to work consistently long hours."
Second year trainee, London
"The high standards can sometimes make you feel pressured."
First year trainee, London
"The perks, or lack of. International secondments have been dwindling since we started."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"Unpredictability of working hours."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Pay is lower than at other comparable firms. Any the firm only has a very small amount of international secondments."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can be long at times."
Second year trainee, London
"Having to work the occasional late night is never ideal."
First year trainee, London
"The pay isn't as good as other City firms and we haven't had a pay rise yet - slightly made up for by the improved work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"There is a bit of a lack of international secondment opportunities."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is below competitors and there can be a lack of transparency in relation to international secondments."
First year trainee, London
"The pay and perks on offer at Simmons could be better."
Second year trainee, London
"The trainee/associate/partner hierarchy is quite formal at times and the hours can be long."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Work/life balance - but this is a fact of working in a City law firm rather than working at Simmons."
Second year trainee, London
"The working culture varies across different practices."
Second year trainee, London
"Time recording targets and unpredictable hours."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are sometimes extensive when working on time sensitive matters."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is caught between two levels (i.e. striving to compete with top firms but not quite there, but 'better' than the firms in the rank below); very finance focused."
First year trainee, London
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