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2019

"The hours can be demanding and social mobility could be improved."
Second year trainee, London
"I think the unpredictability of being a trainee at a City law firm (not just Slaughter & May) is sometimes difficult."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees have very different working hours depending on the matter they get put on. Some go home before 7.00 pm regularly while others stay past 10.00 pm."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is very intense and not particularly sociable. You can feel slightly frowned upon for leaving the office while people are still there. The international opportunities seem quite limited compared to other firms and you are also very much treated as a trainee."
First year trainee, London
"There's a hierarchy and resources are sometimes used inefficiently."
First year trainee, London
"Unpredictable hours, occasional weekend work and a difficult balance in terms of workload. It can either be very busy or completely quiet."
First year trainee, London
"The training contract structure could be more flexible and there could be more opportunities to work abroad."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a lack of diversity and there can be some one-upmanship in terms of who works the most hours. Some departments have more dull work than others."
First year trainee, London

2018

"The big teams, such as corporate and finance, can have quite unpredictable workloads. This is less of an issue in specialist teams though."
Second year trainee, London
"There are unpredictable working hours leading to both very busy and quiet periods."
First year trainee, London
"Some supervisors can be possessive of trainees and treat them more like personal assistants rather than giving them a range of work from around the department."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be terrible, but that is no different to any other magic circle firm."
First year trainee, London
"The salary is not as high as it could be."
First year trainee, London.
"There are occasionally unsociable working hours."
Second year trainee, London
"You are often thrown in at the deep end and I have found it quite overwhelming at times. You also get asked to do things you have no idea how to do fairly often, but that is part of the learning process to be fair."
First year trainee, London
"Some of the work is pretty boring but I think this applies to trainee work wherever you are."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"High pressure: must pass LPC first time."
First year trainee, London
"Occasional long hours (but nothing horrendous)."
First year trainee, London
"Standards and expectations are high. IT could be improved."
First year trainee, London
"Intensity of work over very short periods of time (but only occasionally)."
First year trainee, London
"Work/life balance and unpredictable hours."
Second year trainee, London
"Lack of transparency as to how well the firm is doing."
Second year trainee, London
"The policy that 'no news is good news' means that feedback can be hard to come by, although some people work hard to make sure this isn't the case."
First year trainee, London
"Perhaps not as sociable as some of the other city firms."
First year trainee, London
"Lack of senior female associates in corporate groups."
First year trainee, London
"Incredibly long hours when the firm is busy, steep learning curve and very high expectations, pay is falling behind other magic circle firms."
First year trainee, london

2015

"The hours are quite long leading to a work/life balance that tips significantly towards work."
Second year trainee, London
"For trainees there it can be a difficult to control your working patterns (e.g. in transactional departments, you can find yourself under-occupied for hours during the day and then doing repetitive, commoditised work until the early hours of the morning)."
Second year trainee, London
"The unpredictable hours. And sometimes trainees in certain departments are left to do prolonged low level work."
First year trainee, London
"The downside of working on the big deals that the firm attracts is that your tasks may become administrative."
First year trainee, London
"The trainee system at the firm sometimes feels deliberately set-up to avoid trainees taking on any responsibility."
Second year trainee, London
"Even for a top City law firm, the hours can be demanding."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Hierarchical - what we say to someone on our level can't necessarily be said to someone more senior. Pressure to look perfect."
Second year trainee, London
"Long, unpredictable hours. Lack of transparency."
Second year trainee, London
"Very little effort is made to tell trainees (or even associates) what the firm's strategy is; the firm is very hierarchical in that way. Little workload management (e.g trainees in the same department can have vastly different workloads for no discernible reason)."
First year trainee, London
"Long hours, serious atmosphere."
First year trainee, London
"The unpredictability of my workload."
First year trainee, London
"Certain jobs are so large and complex that the only work trainees ever get is dull admin."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"The management of work can sometimes be a little opaque."
Second year trainee, London
"The lack of responsibility given to trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"Opaque - no real idea about what's going on at the top."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours."
Second year trainee, London
"HR. The employee systems and processes are rather opaque. No qualification leave."
Second year trainee, London
"Fairly administrative at trainee level. Secondment programme seems very competitive."
First year trainee, London
"Unpredictability of hours."
Second year trainee, London
"Promotion opportunities beyond qualification - steep slope to partnership."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Long and unpredictable hours."
First year trainee, London
"Seems that your quality of work can be very dependent on who you sit with."
First year trainee, London
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