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8.7 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Great socials and great teamwork in a collaborative atmosphere."
First year trainee, London
"Very friendly and social. Partners are really easy to talk to and there are lots of opportunities to get to know the team."
First year trainee, London
"People are very friendly, but work extremely hard."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is fantastic here."
First year trainee, London
"There are a lot of social events and people are often willing to be involved. Usually, departments will individually hold monthly drinks or other socialising events. The firm also holds firm-wide events about two or three times a year. In my experience, there is a good feeling of cooperation between all levels of staff and I have never been made to feel uncomfortable merely because I am speaking to someone more senior than me. Partners are very involved with trainees and are interested in getting to know the trainees in the department. There is a culture of willingness to help each other, especially among the trainees, and no one wants to see you drowning in work if it is preventable."
First year trainee, London
"The firm makes an effort to organise many social events and excursions for its employees."
First year trainee, London
"Although it depends on the department, most of them do not have a face-time culture so, if your work is done, you can leave without feeling guilty. There is quite a flat structure in some departments, with even trainees being encouraged to speak out in meetings and put forward their ideas. There is an open-door policy (and they mean open-door). There could be more after work socials but, in general, people get along and departmental drinks are organised on occasion."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a friendly culture in the office. In my particular team there is no face-time culture, which is good. Out of office, people are generally up for a laugh and the firm has a lot of social events."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The culture here is super friendly and relaxed, making for a positive working environment."
First year trainee, London
"The culture varies hugely between departments, but generally people are fairly friendly. There is quite a strong sense of hierarchy, but this is the same at any City law firm, I think. A fair amount of socialising goes on and there are usually people to go for a drink with after work on Friday. Teams from different departments work reasonably well together and there is good collaboration between London and the overseas offices."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a friendly atmosphere at White & Case with regular social events, either firm-wide or departmental."
Second year trainee, London
"White & Case has a great collegiate atmosphere, and everyone is approachable with most departments working as very strong teams. Socialising among colleagues is actively encouraged, too."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can be long but there's camaraderie among trainees and associates which makes it bearable. Departments socialise together and most have at least a monthly get-together that is always well attended."
First year trainee, London
"The culture really depends on the department, I find. While the odd older partner may encourage a sense of hierarchy, there is a great social life with the other trainees, which brings them together."
First year trainee, London
"While some people take the hierarchy more seriously than others, making some trainees feel that they need to put in 'face-time' to complete their workload, the culture is friendly and sociable aside from that. Most people are very easy to work with and talk to. As a whole the firm is very sociable, but some departments, such as private equity, are more sociable than others. However, colleagues often go for drinks and lots of departments have a drinks trolley at the end of the month."
First year trainee, London
"The office doesn't always feel very cohesive across the board, but there is a good atmosphere among the trainees and within each department there are generally good opportunities for socialising. The structure doesn't feel too hierarchical and generally most people are approachable."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture at White & Case is sociable, yet work is still done in an efficient manner."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The culture at the firm is very friendly and supportive, with lots of social activities and retreats organised."
First year trainee, London
"The firm does not seem to have hierarchy and people are open and willing to support you and answer your questions. There is a strong support network amongst the trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture varies quite a lot between departments, particularly in the London office. I experienced a little hierarchy, although most partners are quite friendly and approachable. There has been less socialising than I would have hoped for initially, but trainee drinks happen most Fridays."
First year trainee, Tokyo
"There is a healthy attitude towards work in which people are efficient and dedicated, but there is still a social aspect and there is always something to get involved with if you like."
First year trainee, London
"I have generally felt at home with the culture at White & Case, and it is open and pretty diverse. In terms of hierarchy, there is of course internal politics as with most places but this generally does not affect trainees."
Second year trainee, London
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