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5.6 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The hours are generally quite long (this depends in which department you spend most of your time working in) but I work no longer than my friends at other large law firms. People are generally flexible and extremely accommodating and understanding if you need to leave the office early for any reason. There is no face/time culture so you can leave if you have done all of your work for the day, which is nice."
First year trainee, London
"Working late is expected when it's required by the matter you are on but there is absolutely no pressure for people to stay late when there is no need. If anything, you are encouraged to have a good work/life balance. If you have a particular commitment to attend the firm will always try to work around it and will only ask you to re-arrange (if possible) as a very last resort. Weekend work is definitely not expected and the firm is generally very apologetic if weekends get taken away due to work."
First year trainee, London
"Some months have required me to work 250+ hours (tough). A typical month only requires around 185 hours, which is much more manageable."
Second year trainee, London
"It can be very flexible, you don't stay if you don't have work. It's just that there will be work most the time."
First year trainee, London
"There is no face/time culture but you are expected to put the hours in as necessary to get the job done."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours really aren't very flexible if you are busy. If a big deadline is looming, it likely means all hands on deck at all hours."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is fairly flexible. There is an unofficial policy that you can occasionally work from home but this is not really an option for trainees. The hours can be unpredictable and certain departments have much tougher hours. In general there is no face/time culture and you can manage your time effectively to work the hours you want but sometimes the hours can be long."
First year trainee, London
"If you have nothing to do, you can go home. If you've had a crazy busy week, you can take long lunch breaks. Everyone is treated like adults. When the work is busy, you're expected to work hard and everyone does. On the flip side, nobody is checking where you are if things are quiet. This is one of the big advantages of sharing an office with another trainee."
First year trainee, London

2018

"You are expected to work hard when you have work on but this will be the case at most other firms too. What sets Jones Day apart from other firms where my friends work is that you are expected to leave when you have done your work. If that means leaving on the dot at 5.30 pm, then that's when you leave. People will not judge how good you are by how late you are sat at your desk."
First year trainee, London
"It's very flexible provided you are completing your work. I am generally in the office at 9.00 am and leave around 7.30 pm or 8.00 pm but late nights are common if a trial or signing is approaching."
First year trainee, London
"Hours vary and can be very good, but are generally unpredictable."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours are long and I typically work around 12 hours per day. We have early starts twice a week for our in-house training and I have had to work a few weekends during my time here. There is no face-time culture, long hours are the result of taking on too much work or having to meet deadlines for various different departments."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be unpredictable. Your day can be quiet with the standard 9.00 am to 5.00 pm or (more likely) long and go late into the night or the early hours of the morning. The long hours are generally made better by good camaraderie though."
Second year trainee, London
"I regularly leave at 6.30 pm with only the occasional really late night. I can bring my laptop home to pick up on late items if I need to. The firm has been great in allowing me to work at home when sick and I have not worked a weekend yet, touch wood."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can vary a lot. Be prepared to work pretty hard, though weekend work is rare and not expected unless necessary. Certain departments have worse hours than others. Trainees who struggle to manage their capacity can find it very difficult to have a good work/life balance, but you learn to manage your workload as the training contract progresses."
Second year trainee, London
"Now that I have decided which area I wish to qualify into, I am much more in control of my hours. I am happy with the amount that I work and my supervisors are receptive to when I can complete the tasks by."
Second year trainee, London
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