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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, hard-working and reliable."
7.9 / 10
Formal Training
7.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.4 / 10
7.6 / 10
6.1 / 10
7.5 / 10
Pro Bono
6.7 / 10


  • People at the firm are friendly and helpful and mentors give regular support to trainees.
  • Early training is given in both legal and non-legal skills to help trainees feel comfortable at the firm from the start.
  • Trainees are given responsibility and varied work throughout their time at the firm.
  • While hours can be long, many feel it is easier to maintain a good work/life balance than at other firms.


  • There’s a feeling that trainee salaries are below average for a City firm.
  • There can be competition for seats in highly sought-after departments.
  • While the open-plan office is good for helping trainees to learn, some find it distracting.
  • Some feel that the firm’s IT could be improved.

What insiders say about...

"I completed an application form and a half-day assessment for the vacation scheme..."

"Generally in my experience all colleagues are approachable, but there is some recognition..."

"The training massively depends on each individual department."

"In my experience, partners and associates tend to be very approachable, and are willing..."

"The regional offices are well located in terms of being close to the town and public..."

"I have had to stay late on a few occasions without notice, but the working hours..."

"Pay is good for the regional offices."

"Perks could be better but we do get very cheap tickets to shows and plays. For example,..."

"I attended the vacation scheme which meant I didn't have a first round interview,..."

"There were skills-based questions as well as questions about my background, the firm..."

"The firm actively encourages a cycle-to-work scheme and recycling."

"The firm is very good at dealing with flexible working requests and there any many..."

"Penningtons has recently introduced an accelerated route to promotion for people..."

"I have been amazed at the level of responsibility I have been given, working on high..."

"I have done some work for the pro bono committee but have not been as involved as..."

"Great personalities within the firm and a very friendly, sociable atmosphere among..."

"The firm is not international, so there is a distinct lack of international opportunities...."

"Reputation, quality of work, friendliness of staff, support for trainees."

"There are good opportunities to stay if there is an opening."

"We have been champions of the local five-a-side league for each of the past three..."

"Exciting, friendly and sociable."

"I am aware that the recruitment team are working hard on addressing this at the moment..."

"In general, stresses are associated with the job, not the firm."

"Oxford salaries to match London salaries."

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