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Trainee Retention

5.7 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The firm's recent retention rates have not been particularly encouraging due to a variety of factors. However, it is reassuring that trainees who have not stayed at Simmons have found positions in similar international law firms without too much difficulty."
Second year trainee, London
"People who want to stay are likely to be offered a job, people who want to move on for whatever reasons (specialist areas, different office locations etc) have very good job prospects at well-regarded firms."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates have been poor in recent qualification rounds. This is because certain departments are extremely popular with trainees but business needs do not permit them to take on everybody who is interested in applying. Several people also decide to leave the law, which is ultimately a personal decision."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"They vary, given the fluctuating need of the big departments. There's an element of luck with respect to how many jobs a department is offering in any one round."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The last September retention rate was extraordinarily high (98%) which is comforting. Normally they are quite good (70%ish). How likely I am to stay depends on the job numbers in my preferred department."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates have actually been pretty decent over the last few years."
First year trainee, London
"I think the firm genuinely makes every effort to retain as many people as possible and have a very good qualification process."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The selection process is very fair and they really do try to accommodate as many NQs as they can - the issue I see is where the vacancies are. I am interested in 3 smaller departments so if there are not vacancies in those, then I will have to go elsewhere which would be unfortunate as I really enjoy working at Simmons."
First year trainee, London
"I think the feeling is very much that the March starters get a bit of a rough deal with qualification. The past few years, the qualification figures really haven't instilled confidence amongst trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"I think retention rates are fair - people are kept on if they have worked hard and there is enough capacity for extra work in the department they apply to."
First year trainee, London
"There is never a great feeling amongst trainees leading up to qualification periods because of the uncertainty. Retention rates are not bad but have recently been around 70% which is not quite as high as similar sized firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention rates have been shaky recently and we have been assured that the firm attempts to retain as many trainees as possible. Something to be aware of is that when matching trainees to departments the firm aim to give as many trainees as possible their first choice department rather than moving people around to retain the maximum number of trainees. The knock on effect of this is that more trainees are able to qualify into their chosen area."
Second year trainee, London
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