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2019

"You will occasionally get prolonged periods of late finishes, although that's true of most city firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Some offices do not have windows and hours can be unpredictable."
First year trainee, London
"The culture varies across departments. Some departments are very friendly and accommodating, while others are not."
First year trainee, London
"Seat rotation can work better for some individuals than others and the reasoning behind the decision-making processes can be opaque."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can be tough and unpredictable."
Second year trainee, London
"You can be pushed into the deep end a bit, which means you can be outside of your comfort zone."
Second year trainee, London
"The work allocation can be frustrating, meaning some days you are very quiet and on others you are absolutely swamped."
First year trainee, London
"It can be a stressful working environment but I think that is typical of City firms doing the quality of work that this firm does."
First year trainee, London
"As the trainee intake is smaller than at other firms of a similar calibre, there is nowhere to hide if you make mistakes. You are very much thrown in at the deep end on matters and cases. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn, but makes for a steep learning curve when you first join."
Second year trainee, London

2018

"The hours in certain departments are punishing at times (although this is noticed and appreciated). The IT can also be frustrating, but is slowly catching up."
First year trainee, London
"Some of the offices don't have much natural daylight, which can be hard in the long winter months."
First year trainee, London
"Having such a small intake of trainees means that you get a lot of responsibility and can lead to working long hours and being in charge of a lot of stuff at once."
First year trainee, London
"The small teams mean you can be given a lot of responsibility, which has its positives but it can also mean that you will be required to be on top of a lot of different things at once."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be long here at times."
First year trainee, London
"We occasionally have problems with computers crashing; IT could be improved."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are often long (but I think everyone knew that before they applied)."
First year trainee, London
"The worst thing about working for Macfarlanes LLP is that there aren't as many female partners as I'd hope to see in the senior management of a law firm that is at the forefront of leading diversity and change in the legal landscape."
First year trainee, London

2017

"Trainees and junior solicitors are sometimes given boring, menial and repetitive tasks."
First year trainee, London
"Being given high levels of responsibility can be daunting."
First year trainee, London
"There can sometimes be very high expectations placed on trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Certain partners are less approachable than others."
Second year trainee, London
"Work can sometimes be allocated unevenly."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can sometimes be long and there are still plenty of instances where you have to do the less interesting drudge work."
Second year trainee, London
"Our current facilities can leave something to be desired."
Second year trainee, London
"The lack of control that you have over your hours as a trainee."
First year trainee, London
"The offices for some of the departments are quite dated. This will hopefully improve once we move into the new offices."
First year trainee, London

2016

"IT crashes a lot. You need to work very hard to instigate change."
First year trainee, London
"The pay could definitely be better – the firm's revenue and profits have increased massively over the medium term, yet salary is below market."
First year trainee, London
"The hours and pressure."
First year trainee, London
"Hours. But this is to be expected from a City firm."
First year trainee, London
"Slightly old-fashioned culture (although this is worse in some groups than others) and a lack of diversity."
Second year trainee, London
"The resistance to change and the compensation relative to magic circle/US firms when the hours and expectations are far more similar."
Second year trainee, London
"Relative lack of benefits when compared to other firms."
First year trainee, London
"There can be a lot of pressure."
First year trainee, London
"Outdated IT. Lack of transparency in upper management."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay sometimes seems off-market and some of the (current) offices are not very nice."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I find that the offices could use some improvement and that I work long hours, which can be a challenge."
First year trainee, London
"There can be competition for certain seats, which is a drawback to me."
Second year trainee, London
"The IT isn't great, which I feel can be a drawback for my work."
Second year trainee, London
"I would say that some departments can exhibit an old fashioned hierarchy at times."
Second year trainee, London
"In certain departments sometimes the roles of secretaries, paralegals and trainees can be conflated - without the more senior staff realising that this is the case."
First year trainee, London
"Personally, I find that working hours can be unpredictable sometimes, which is a struggle for me, although this does depend on the particular department that you are in."
First year trainee, London
"I feel that there can be a lack of variety in my work at times."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The long hours, but this comes with working in law firms in general and not my firm in particular."
First year trainee, London
"There are limited international opportunities so we miss out on large cap deals to other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Waiting for the new offices to be built."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are demanding."
First year trainee, London
"I feel that the firm's modesty can sometimes lead it to not market itself in the best way - occasionally it is good to shout about what we do."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a fairly high workload and the responsibility can be a little daunting."
First year trainee, London
"The scattered buildings can be annoying."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's strategy can be opaque sometimes."
Second year trainee, London
"The seat choices are grouped in such a way that I can only request two of my favourite four departments."
First year trainee, London
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