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6.9 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2019)

2019

"When your workload is lighter, you are genuinely encouraged to make the most of it and enjoy the downtime because you are expected to work long hours when work picks up again."
Second year trainee, London
"Occasional requests can be made to work from home, arrive late or leave early if you have plans with friends or need to be at home for a particular reason. The firm is always accommodating so long as you don't make ridiculous requests, particularly if you've been through a busy period."
First year trainee, London
"Long hours come with the job. However, one of the best things about the firm is the ability to be flexible. There is no face/time culture so just make sure you are working hard and getting your work done and people won't mind you shooting off if you have plans. However, this flexibility can also cause plans to be cancelled very last minute."
First year trainee, London
"At Kirkland you are expected to work hard, but there is not a face/time culture. You have a laptop to work from home if needed."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are unpredictable depending on the number of deals and the deadlines set. The hours can be very long when you are closing the deals but there is no face/time culture and you can leave at 5.30 pm when you are quiet."
Second year trainee, London

2018

"The firm is flexible with allowing you to work from home provided the work gets done."
Second year trainee, London
"It can vary from all-nighters when things are busy to very chilled weeks working from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. As a trainee, you are working to someone else's timetable so you don't get much flexibility to leave during the week if things need to be done. On some occasions you might need to revisit your weekend plans, but people are pretty good at respecting trainee holidays and weekends, though. Long hours were expected going in, so you can't really complain about it when they happen."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very honest that the hours are long. To be fair though, they are not longer than at other firms in the City and the firm is very good about letting you work from home if needed (many firms will not do that)."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can sometimes be gruelling but the quality of work and satisfaction that comes with it, as well as sincere appreciation from senior members of the team, make it very rewarding."
Second year trainee, London
"My average hours are 9.30 am until 10.30 pm. Working is very flexible and I am actively encouraged to work from home when possible."
Second year trainee, London
"There is occasional weekend work and I leave between 9.00 pm and 11.00 pm on average during the week. However, the firm tries to be flexible if someone has an early evening commitment and they let people know well in advance."
Second year trainee, I'm currently on secondment in New York but I am based in London.

2017

"Long but flexible."
Second year trainee, London
"They can be very hard at times but it's always appreciated and the rewards are second to none."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are unpredictable. They can either be very relaxed or very pressured."
Second year trainee, London
"We work hard but this is to be expected. Hours are no worse than at magic circle firms."
Other - NQ (end of qualification year), London

2016

"It depends where you are, but in the transactional departments it can be pretty bad. Sometimes people have had to work a bit during their holidays (though this does depend on the department and when you are on a busy deal) and some weekend work is expected."
First year trainee, London
"Very flexible in my department – you decide your own hours (within reason)."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I work fairly unpredictable hours."
First year trainee, London
"The start time is pretty flexible - people tend to arrive between 9:00an and 9.45am. Your finishing time depends on client need but there is no face-time culture."
First year trainee, London
"There is no face-time. You can go home when you have finished your work and you are treated like an adult. The hours are as expected for a City firm and certainly no worse than anywhere else."
Second year trainee, London
"My hours have been varied based on the deals I have worked on. I haven't worked consistently long hours, but on occasions I have finished as late as 1am. The firm allows working from home though it is unlikely for trainees to do this. Start time is anything between 8am and 10am. I'm yet to leave before 6pm."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are naturally very unpredictable. Core hours would be 9-7 but can be more and you usually don't know when you'll be able to leave the office as things come up unexpectedly. In my experience, People are very understanding if you have important prior commitments every now and then."
First year trainee, London
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