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6.9 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2019)

2019

"Those who trained at the firm are great teachers and understand the training process and the lack of hierarchy. It can be difficult when working with lateral hires who simply do not understand the dynamics of a training contract at Jones Day. The firm is beginning to feel less 'boozy', which is a definite bonus."
First year trainee, London
"I enjoy the fact that partners' doors are generally always open and we are encouraged to walk in and speak to them when looking for work. Jones Day is a sociable place to work and there are usually trainees, associates and partners mixing together in the nearby pub on a Thursday or Friday night. The firm has a weekly five-a-side football slot in Shoreditch and there is a weekly netball game."
First year trainee, London
"People are extremely friendly. The firm is generally non-hierarchical and trainees are really valued, treated as equals and have their views taken into real consideration. Trainees' help is, in my experience, always acknowledged and rewarded by the senior lawyers and recognised both within the smaller deal/case team on which the trainee is working and also more widely within the practice group and office generally. The firm is really work hard, play hard and definitely has a very sociable side to it."
First year trainee, London
"The hierarchy is pretty flat. Trainees tend to work closely on deals with partners who are friendly and willing to engage in conversations. There are often social gatherings that help promote team cohesion."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a very sociable culture. The office is an ideal size and the training system enables trainees to get to know many, if not most, other lawyers in the firm. Partners are incredibly approachable and the hierarchy is about as flat as you could hope for at a law firm."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a structure and hierarchy but everyone is very approachable and happy for you to speak to them regardless of their status or position. I find the vast majority of people are very willing to take the time to explain why and how we do certain things. Due to the way trainees can freely move between departments, there is a tendency to take on too much work. There could be more supervision to prevent this."
First year trainee, London
"The culture in the office is one of teamwork when working in deal groups and case groups."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are relatively balanced but, like everywhere, there are peaks and troughs. The hierarchy is very flat so no partner or associate is inaccessible. It makes for quite close teamwork and it's easy to build close working relationships at all levels of seniority. Socialising is something you can be as involved in as you want and there is usually a good mix of events."
First year trainee, London

2018

"The firm is a very sociable place. The people are very friendly, both in the office and at the pub. Partners and senior associates are approachable and happy to work directly with more junior people. There is no face-time culture, meaning that you are expected to work hard but not be in the office just for appearance's sake."
First year trainee, London
"There is truly no hierarchy. The firm is very cooperative and collaborative, both within the trainee intake and among trainees/associates too. Everyone is always happy to explain the deal structure or a particular point to the trainee and people are often willing to stay late when they don't have to in order to lighten each other's workloads. The firm is very social and there is always a strong turnout at social events and drinks every Friday evening."
First year trainee, London
"I definitely get the sense that the more senior lawyers have a lot more time for trainees than at other firms. The intake size is one that lends itself to a good dynamic."
First year trainee, London
"In my short time here, I feel Jones Day has experienced a massive culture shift. It is much more progressive than I felt it was in the past and is certainly moving in the right direction. I admire and like the people I work with and am very happy here."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is generally relaxed and people are largely friendly. Trainees share an office together, which has its pros and cons. The level of teamwork (and, by extension, support) can depend on the case/matter you are working on."
London
"There's little to no hierarchy although this varies between departments. Teamwork works very well and recruitment events are a great place to socialise."
First year trainee, London
"You share an office with another trainee, so you don't have someone senior breathing down your neck, which is great. Our cohort are all great friends outside of the office, which was bred by the firm through inviting us to social events and putting us all in a class together for the legal practice course. There isn't much transparency about pay once you qualify and, as a first-year trainee, it can be difficult to know how much work you should be doing so you need to be brave enough to seek out your own advice and feedback."
First year trainee, London
"I think the teamwork and support is one of the best things about the firm. People know when to stop working and relax."
Second year trainee, London
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