"A laid back and a pleasant place to work."
- Approachable colleagues help to give the firm a sociable and relaxed culture.
- The office and facilities, including coffee shop and restaurant, are very highly regarded.
- Trainees are given a wide variety of tasks and a lot of responsibility from an early stage.
- Salaries are thought to be slightly less competitive than they could be.
- While work/life balance is strong, long hours can be expected.
- Some trainees would like more varied and structured training.
What insiders say about...
"It's a fairly standard procedure so follow the old cliché and be yourself in the..."
"There is a friendly, welcoming culture in the office, with a strong after-work social..."
"There are a large number of training sessions held in the initial weeks, focusing..."
"Partners are happy to be approached and give more junior people their time - I think..."
"We're in brand new offices (moved in August 2016). All fee earners have a large computer..."
"Hours are flexible in that the firm appreciates some commitments can't be cancelled...."
"The salary is very satisfying for our hours, following the recent pay rise."
"Bird & Bird generally offers lots of social gatherings, either departmental or for..."
"After the application form you have a video interview, then if successful you are..."
"During the interview I had questions such as "Why Bird & Bird?", and was asked about..."
"This is not something that is hugely promoted, but we have recycling bins and are..."
"There are good targets and an increasing awareness of the importance of diversity...."
"I have high levels of client interaction as a trainee and there are increasing levels..."
"A good level of pro bono projects are available and taking time out of the working..."
"The quality of the work and how friendly and helpful everyone is with your learning..."
"There are some inconsistencies between managers and departments."
"Initially, I chose Bird & Bird because I was given the opportunity to manage a team...."
"Retention rates are excellent. The firm recruits at trainee level with the expectation..."
"We have a band called Birds of Prey."
"A friendly and sector-focused firm."
"The firm has held and attended events for ethnic minorities interested in a career..."
"I would prefer a slightly wider range of work in some seats."