(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"There's not a lot of socialising but everyone is extremely nice and understanding. Those in charge are generally very open and approachable."
"We have an open-door policy and everyone (generally) welcomes questions whether they're from an associate or partner. There are very good and friendly relationships between colleagues and after-hours social events are organised from time to time (eg softball matches in the summer and Friday night drinks). There's also an annual get-together of all European offices."
"There is no hierarchy with most people and it is easy to talk to them on a personal level. However, there are some people who stand out as being more hierarchical in their mind-set. This inconsistency can be confusing."
"Partners and senior associates are quite approachable and teamwork among most colleagues is relatively easy. However, there is certainly not as much after-hours socialising as in other firms."
"The firm is traditional and, in some respects, could be called old-fashioned in some areas (no open-plan seating or that sort of thing). The hierarchy does matter to a degree here, though less in London than in New York. The people are invariably easy to work with and there's no difficulty when asking questions. Most lawyers, from partners to trainees, eat together in the firm canteen. The firm organises events for the big celebrations (thanksgiving, July 4th, Christmas and so on) and there is a softball team that runs through the summer. We have Friday night drinks most weeks, though this is not organised by the firm."
"The firm strikes the right balance between a professional environment and an open and friendly one."First year trainee, London
"Based on what I've seen, the firm is no more hierarchical than most firms and certainly less hierarchical than a lot. Most partners know most people's names and, during lunch, people of all levels sit and mingle together. In terms of cooperation and teamwork, most people are incredibly kind and it's very easy to just go and talk to someone if you need help. Moreover, everyone here is a hard worker and pulls their weight. However, the structure and size of the firm means that people are often working on multiple deals at the same time so it can be harder to develop that sense of camaraderie that comes from working in a tight team. Finally, in terms of socialising among colleagues, people here are great and really good fun but there aren't many socialising opportunities."First year trainee, London
"The office has a very flexible hierarchy. The partners are respected but they welcome a challenge or query from associates or trainees who may see things from a different perspective or be monitoring other sides of the deal. A trainee will often work with one associate and a partner, which means that trainees get a lot of client contact and responsibility from the outset. The support staff are brilliant and add to the friendly atmosphere as well."Second year trainee, London (currently seconded to Hong Kong)
"The firm has a laid-back culture. There is a business casual dress code and everyone is friendly and kind for the most part. Other trainees and young associates are particularly supportive and collaborative with each other."First year trainee, London
"It's collegiate with a diverse cast of characters."First year trainee, London
"There isn't really a hierarchy and some of the partners regularly eat lunch with us. Most people are friendly and approachable."First year trainee, London
"S&C is a very friendly and welcoming environment. At social events and every day at lunch in the canteen, everyone from all levels within the firm interacts."Second year trainee, London
"The firm is a really friendly place which is too small to care much for hierarchy. Trainees, associates and partners all sit together at lunch and there are always plenty of formal and informal social gatherings."Second year trainee, London
"The teams are small which can mean working with the same people quite a lot. Most people are friendly, cooperative and easy to work with. There's a good turnout of people in the canteen for lunch most days. We trainees especially tend to have a lunch break together for an hour most days, which really adds to the community feeling. We also tend to arrange informal drinks every other Friday."First year trainee, London
"It's a bonus having a lunchroom – it's nice to be able to go and chat to people away from the desk every day. We also frequently go out for drinks on a Friday. The structure of the firm into a broad general practice group means you get to work with several different associates at once on different matters, overseen by different partners."First year trainee, London
"The firm has an open door policy and there is a large amount of cross-level interaction. The partners are very happy to speak to trainees and take time to explain complex issues to them. There is not a cut-throat culture at S&C where people don't want to help each other in order to get ahead. Instead, there is a very cooperative atmosphere with people willing to share experiences in order to aid their colleagues. S&C is a very social firm with many people using the canteen at lunch, which provides a social mixing area where partners and trainees often sit at the same tables. There is also a number of drinks and parties thrown by the firm to aid bonding among colleagues."Second year trainee, Melbourne
"The firm is very un-hierarchical. There is a friendly atmosphere in the office; everyone sits together in the canteen and there are social drinks every week. I never feel awkward speaking to anyone."Second year trainee,
"Everyone in the firm is incredibly friendly, there are regular unofficial and official social events with people from all levels within the firm attending."First year trainee,
"The firm has a very flat structure, partly because deal teams are very small. Partners don't delegate the work and disappear - they are right there in the trenches with the associates and trainees."Second year trainee,
"The firm has a very supportive and cooperative culture during work hours. The small size of the firm means everyone knows everyone else and therefore has a good idea of how to get the best out of each team member. After work there are often pub trips and other social activities between various members of the firm which also help with bonding. One of the things that really sets S&C apart is that it engages with trainees even before they arrive at the firm so that by the time September comes you already have a good idea about the people and culture of the firm."First year trainee,
"The culture is friendly but not overly intrusive on people's need to get away from the office and see their friends/families. There are regular drinks events and the office truly has an 'open-door' policy. The canteen is outstanding and there is no seating policy, so trainees sit with associates and partners and chat over lunch."First year trainee,
"Long working hours with an expectation to cancel plans if needs be. No rigid hierarchy as such. Very friendly team."First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very friendly and there is a real team mentality that runs through the office."First year trainee, London
"The firm has a very 'flat' structure, such that I regularly work directly with the most senior partners. The trainees are spread out among different departments, but still make an effort to see each other. A very friendly office, good dynamic between lawyers and staff."First year trainee, London
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