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Simmons & Simmons

Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Simmons & Simmons

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2019)
"Friendly, supportive working environment."
Culture
9.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
 
Hours
7.0 / 10
 
Salary
5.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • The culture at the firm is friendly and collegiate at all levels.
  • Senior lawyers are happy to explain things to trainees and aid in their development.
  • The formal training on offer covers a wide range of topics and is seen as being very valuable.
  • There’s a very strong focus on pro bono work with interesting projects on offer.

Cons

  • The firm does not offer as many international secondments as some would like.
  • Some would like more social events to be organised by trainees.
  • The office is in a good location, but could be updated.
  • The salary is seen as being fair, but not particularly competitive.

What insiders say about...

"Following the usual application, tests and video interview, candidates attend an..."

"The firm's culture in office hours is very supportive. All the constructive feedback..."

"We have department specific training as well as various Professional Skills Courses...."

"We have an informal mentoring scheme between future and current trainees as well..."

"We have a very modern dress code. It's semi-formal throughout the year so all you..."

"For a top-level City firm, the hours are fairly good. Long in some departments at..."

"The trainee salary is good and changes to it are transparently communicated."

"The firm organises a hockey tour to Amsterdam each year which is a great opportunity..."

"The process is now an online verbal reasoning test, written exercise, document exercise..."

"My interview was very relaxed. There were only three questions asked and no strange..."

"I'm not aware of any firm-wide green plans, but the Bristol office is apparently..."

"Simmons is a Stonewall star performer and consistently ranks highly in LGBT diversity..."

"You can get a great variety of work depending on the department you are sitting in...."

"I have worked on Access to Justice pro bono projects, gone to a legal advice centre,..."

"We have a great culture and a supportive atmosphere."

"Concerns about low retention rates and seat choices with good employment prospects...."

"It has a very high standing in a number of areas of interest to me, such as employment,..."

"I was impressed by the qualification process in comparison to many other firms. The..."

"We're the first City firm with a female senior partner."

"A great place to work with high quality work and friendly people."

"The firm hosts work experience for high school students to target those from different..."

"I think the firm should offer more international secondments."

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