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Culture

8.1 / 10

(based on 43 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Social in a relaxed way, without a pressure to be social. No face-time culture, so you can leave early when you are not busy but are also expected to stay late when needed. Strong teamwork culture and everyone is very willing to help others and pitch in when needed."
First year trainee, London
"There is a very hierarchical structure in the firm, but teams are still inclusive and sociable. Socialising depends on the group you are in – some are more proactive than others. My team have monthly drinks and then summer/Christmas parties. Trainees have events organised by the trainee committee and organise more informal Friday drinks for ourselves."
First year trainee, London
"Great teamwork. Partners are on the whole very approachable. There's an open door policy and it's supportive and collegiate. Possibly not as social as other firms but still good. We had a fantastic cricket match last week."
First year trainee, London
"Very cooperative. Very hierarchal. People seem genuinely interested in you."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent, intellectually demanding, meritocratic, genuinely collegiate working culture. Hierarchical when it comes to work (clear delineations of authority), but no real social hierarchy among fee earners. Co-operation better than at practically any City firm, fostered by lack of billable hours. Socialising is not obligatory, but is there if you want it, and can become raucous at some of the summer/Christmas parties. All kinds of non-alcohol related socialising opportunities also."
Second year trainee, London
"The lack of billable hours and high retention rates means that you don't feel you are stepping on your colleagues to get ahead. The firm is genuinely very collegiate and you always feel that you can receive support if it is required. It can be difficult to switch off but, in comparison with other firms, we have an excellent work/life balance. The hierarchy can sometimes feel very rigid, but this varies from partner to partner and there are many opportunities on a weekly basis to socialise with others in the firm."
First year trainee, London
"In the office, everyone is quite serious, but it feels more that people are genuinely dedicated to their work rather than unwilling to talk. There can be some dissociation between certain partners and trainees, but by and large everyone is very friendly and you do feel comfortable asking most people for help or guidance."
First year trainee, London
"Not much of a social scene in my department after office hours. However, most people are friendly and there genuinely is a collegiate environment where you can ask anyone anything. The open-door policy is strictly followed by people at every level."
First year trainee, London
"Partners are friendly and willing to make time and trainee intakes are very cohesive. The social aspect varies by group, but has so far included drinks events, parties and lunches at Christmas etc."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The firm has a strong hierarchy, but partners' doors are always open and it is easy to walk in and ask them questions."
First year trainee, London
"The culture at the firm is fairly work-focused. If you are finished, you are expected to get home and enjoy your free time. There are lots of social clubs and things if you are interested, but no pressure to "get involved" in that awful fake office way."
First year trainee, London
"Slaughter and May´s culture is definitely a little reserved - trainees tend to socialise together and there is a good trainee community. Beyond that, it becomes more based around project teams, with teams working together on major deals/bits of litigation getting to know each other quite well. Although people are always willing to support each other professionally, there is probably less organised socialising than at some other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"The people in the firm are generally very approachable and personable. They work hard and take the work seriously but maintain a sense of humour. The hours vary, but that is the same anywhere in the City."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is open and accepting, and there are plenty of non-conformists. There are plenty of opportunities for outside socialising, which are nonetheless optional. While the firm is formally quite hierarchical, partners are very open to having a chat or a drink with trainees, and there is a strong sense of cooperation and teamwork."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Friendly atmosphere at work, but in my experience not a great deal of socialising."
Second year trainee, London
"Most people, (particularly associates), are very willing to help and are approachable on an informal basis if you want to discuss something you're working on. There is an organised social scene (especially among trainees) for anyone who wants to get involved with it."
First year trainee, London
"People at the firm are reserved and can be quite serious but the culture is welcoming and everyone is valued."
First year trainee, London
"People are generally very friendly with a good sense of humour but there is a very stiff hierarchy in some departments and little that goes on outside of work hours."
First year trainee, London
"Very friendly and the 'no face-time' notion really does permeate the culture. Nobody will frown if you leave at 5:30pm."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is fine, the people for the most part are nice. There is fairly strict hierarchy. The hours can be long, but compared to other Magic Circle firms are rarely ridiculous. People are for the most part team players. There are few opportunities to socialise outside of work."
Second year trainee, London
"Culture is very good - the firm has an 'open-door' policy and most people are always willing to speak to you and provide guidance if required."
First year trainee, London
"The hierarchy takes some getting used to and can be (unnecessarily) formal at times. However, the sports teams are a great opportunity to get to know people across the firm. The corporate social responsibility activities are something which makes me proud of my workplace."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"The firm is particularly hierarchical. There is nothing wrong with this per se, but I would prefer for a little more openness in the way that work is managed on a day-to-day basis."
Second year trainee, London
"Most people are very friendly. And in my experience there's no 'face-time'; if you've done your work you can leave at 5:30pm."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent trainee social scene, although largely informal rather than firm-organised. Very strong distinction made between the Partnership and the rest of the firm although partners will always attend group drinks/Christmas and summer parties. Large amount of cooperation aided by the fact that people aren't working towards individual billing targets."
Second year trainee, London
"Not a lot of outside-of-firm socialising but good culture in the office."
First year trainee, London
"There's no hour targets so everyone is really friendly. There is some hierarchy but it's not noticeable. Trainees tend to socialise together a fair amount."
First year trainee, London
"The trainees are friendly and get together regularly for lunch/drinks after work. There is a hierarchy and those in the middle in particular, work extremely hard."
First year trainee, London
"The hierarchy is established and known, but not oppressive. Nearly all the partners, and certainly the most senior partners, are very approachable. The culture is focused on being cooperative and favours teamwork over individualism, with an 'open-door' policy and distinct attempts not to foster competition between fee-earners."
Second year trainee, London
"No 'face-time'. Enjoy it while you're quiet, but you work hard when it's busy. No billable hour targets. High emphasis on training - you're not just thrown it at the deep end. Your social calendar is what you make it - lots of events to socialise with fellow trainees, associates and partners. The Trainee Social Committee organises events for the trainee population. Informal trainee trips to Bulgaria and Prague. We don't leave a man behind - there is no competition amongst trainees so we help others when we can."
First year trainee, London
"Strong sense of camaraderie and people always willing to help others out, whether you are asking trainees, associates or partners. No 'face-time' culture or minimum billing."
Second year trainee, London
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