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8.3 / 10

(based on 9 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I'm out of the office by 6.30 pm. Past that and you're considered to be staying late! Trainees are not expected to stay late – if you are then it's likely you'll be encouraged to go home."
First year trainee, Guildford
"So far I have been working 9.00 am – 5.45 pm every day, which is great."
First year trainee, Guildford
"Although hours do vary depending on which department you are in, most working days are between 9.00 am and 6.30 pm. The finish time can be later if there is a big deal on, but there is generally no expectation that you should stay beyond normal working hours if you have completed your work. The firm is quite flexible with hours if you need to be out for a good reason and everyone takes holiday regularly."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Fairly flexible – you're not required to work late unless it's necessary and working from home is allowed if practical."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Hours very much depend on department – banking and corporate are known for having longer hours. However, unlike a City firm, this rarely means staying past 7.00 pm/8.00 pm. Other departments are better and you're expected to leave work around 6.30 pm most of the time."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"We are contracted to work 9.00 am to 5.30 pm and get an hour and a quarter for lunch. Most people work until 6.00 pm/6.30 pm so the work/life balance is ideal. However, there is always the occasional late night in the office, but the people you're around make it okay."
First year trainee, Guildford

2015

"The hours required can vary depending on the department that you are sitting in and how busy the department is at the time. I have always felt able to manage my time effectively and the firm is flexible."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"The job varies by department, but I have found that in most seats you can expect to be away by 6:30pm. The firm is reasonable and will always allow people to be flexible with leaving earlier with good reason, for example to take part in a sports match, etc. It's generally accepted that if you don't have work to do you don't need to hang around for the sake of it."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Work hours are generally pretty consistent and there aren't many really late nights or early starts, only when there is something urgent that needs doing. But there is no pressure to stay later than required."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The firm is very understanding and trainees have more flexibility and control than most over the hours they work. If some late nights are looking likely, they won't come as a surprise and no-one ever stays late just for the sake of it."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"There isn't a culture of staying here for no reason. Most of the time you work very fair hours - if there is lots of work you may need to stay late or get in early but its not expected every day. They really appreciate work/life balance."
First year trainee, Guildford

2014

"Depending on which department you are working in the hours are generally very fair. If you have evening plans it is quite rare to have to cancel and stay at the office. There is certainly no culture of staying late unless this is absolutely necessary."
First year trainee, Guildford
"There are times when you need to work late in order to get something completed, but they are flexible and if you do need to go on time, this is very rarely difficult."
First year trainee, Guildford
"Hours can be quite long, but that should be expected in the industry. There will inevitably be weeks where you work a number of late nights but there are often quiet periods where you will leave around 6:00pm."
Second year trainee, Guildford
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