Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"Reassuringly expensive."
Pros: 
  • Internal and external training are both extensive and well-organised.
  • There are no billable hours targets.
  • A collegiate atmosphere with good teamwork.
  • Very high retention rate.
Cons: 
  • Workloads can be unpredictable, making it difficult to know when late nights will be.
  • The firm has very high expectations, which can make trainees feel pressured.
  • May not be as sociable as other firms.
  • While the salary is very good, it is towards the bottom of the magic circle.
Culture
8.1 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.9 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
 
Hours
7.5 / 10
 
Salary
7.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
6.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.6 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Be yourself. If you don't know the answer to a question, don't pretend that you do...."

"The people in the firm are generally very approachable and personable. They work..."

"Some training sessions are very good for providing an overview of our legal knowledge..."

"We have regular reviews and access to partners to discuss any issues and feedback...."

"The dress code is less formal than I was expecting – not wearing a tie is acce..."

"The hours are fairly unpredictable and weekends aren't sacred - but I was aware of..."

"Trainees at this firm, in their first year, earn around £12,000 above the median..."

"Free tickets to sports and cultural events, free dinners and taxis in the evenings,..."

"Very simple process based largely on your academics - no "What superhero would you..."

"General questions about my background/hobbies. Why Slaughters? Why law? The usual..."

"The firm cares about and makes significant attempts to lower its carbon footprint...."

"There are groups for women, ethnic minorities and LGBT professionals."

"Beyond qualification, all solicitors are associates, theoretically equal in rank..."

"Very good quality work: from my first seat until now I have been given interesting..."

"There are many pro bono projects available. I have worked in law centres, mentored..."

"A client list unrivalled by any firm in the world. Working for, and among, some of..."

"HR. The employee systems and processes are rather opaque. No qualification leave..."

"Quality of work stemming from the impressive client-base."

"Historically, retention rates are good and will hopefully continue that way."

"We have a sculpture of an elephant (about 3/4 size of a real elephant) that is periodically..."

"Probably too committed."

"There is neither positive nor negative discrimination. It all comes down to how well..."

"It has its moments - I've only cried once! Seriously though - there are days that..."

"Predictable departure times.... wholly unrealistic given the nature of the work."

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