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2019

"Some regional offices are small and can be quiet."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"There is a big difference between the trainee salary in London and the regional offices."
Second year trainee, Guildford, Surrey
"Some of the systems are a little dated."
First year trainee, Guildford
"There can sometimes be a disconnect between the offices. The regional offices are not always as involved in training, social, team and charity events."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"Our location is in a business park, which is not ideal. There aren't many social activities, such as football."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"There's a lack of facilities in the office, there is only one small breakout room and no canteen. As there are not many trainees, the social element is lacking a little but what you may lack in trainee socials, you more than make up for in one-to-one training."
First year trainee, Basingstoke/Reading

2017

"Your experience can vary greatly between teams. My second seat was like working at a different firm and I found this very challenging."
Basingstoke
"The work/life balance (while usually good) isn't always as reliable as I'd like, which can be frustrating."
London
"There is no office-wide Christmas party or much interaction between different offices. The pay is also not particularly competitive."
London
"There's something of a lack of seat choices."
Oxford
"Receiving lower than average pay."
London
"The uncertainty around seat rotations and availability."
"The firm is very busy and so there is not always someone who has time to explain to you how certain work is to be completed."
Basingstoke
"Both the technology and administrative support could be updated."
London

2016

"The long hours we often have to work aren't reflected in the salary we receive."
First year trainee, London
"There isn't the widest selection of seats and there can be real competition for the more popular ones."
Second year trainee, London
"The computers can be slow and I think the firm should invest more in IT."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"The hours are longer than anticipated given the salary level."
First year trainee, London
"There are not many trainees so the support network can be limited during the first few months."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The salary is low in comparison to some other large City firms."
First year trainee, London
"There's a big pay gap between the trainee salary of the London and regional offices."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"There are lots of new systems and processes to learn."
First year trainee, Basingstoke

2015

"The firm is not international, so there is a distinct lack of international opportunities."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"I would say that the remuneration on offer is not quite at market rate for the firm's size."
Second year trainee, London
"While they do try to put you in a seat you are happy with it is difficult to get a seat in some of the more sought after departments. However, this does show that the firm is popular."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The pay isn't quite as good as at other similar sized firms, although my pay has increased so I believe this is improving."
Second year trainee, Oxford
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