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5.8 / 10

(based on 10 ratings in 2019)

2019

"They're long, but the more you progress in your training contract the more flexible it is and the more control you can take and not longer than other firms from what I hear."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are long but there are also quiet periods to take advantage of. There is no face/time culture."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long at times, especially in the big transactional teams. You will generally get a balance but be prepared to work hard."
First year trainee, London
"You do not apply at a US firm focused on the private equity sphere if you expect to work 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. We work similar hours to most in the City."
First year trainee, London
"The hours depend on each team. Some teams can have consistent hours while others have hours that fluctuate depending on the deal you're working on."
Second year trainee, London, UK
"There are long hours but, depending on the team, some supervisors are good at letting you work from home in the evenings if you need to leave early."
First year trainee, London

2018

"The hours vary largely depending on your department and how willing you are to take on responsibility and gain trust from associates."
First year trainee,
"Everybody in the firm works hard. There is no strict regimen with regard to hours and you're only expected to work for as long as it takes to complete the relevant tasks. There is no flexibility on the requirement to complete work."
First year trainee,
"It depends on the department and how busy it is."
First year trainee,
"They are what they are. I'm in at around 9.00 am or 9.30 am and generally get home around 8.00 pm or 9.00 pm. To be fair, it is early days yet so this could change."
First year trainee,
"I get very varied hours depending on the amount of work on at that particular time. This can make things unpredictable but it's to be expected. There's no face-time so long as you've done everything you need to do."
First year trainee,

2016

"There is very little flexibility, though this is being worked on."
First year trainee, London
"Firm is increasingly (though still not very) flexible. The nature of the industry means hours are always unpredictable and occasionally very long."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours tend to be long in transactional departments but no longer than any other US or magic circle firm. No face-time when things are quiet and usually time in lieu after heavy periods of work."
Second year trainee, London
"I start every day at 9.15 am and regularly leave between 1.00 am – 2.00 am during busy periods. I am expected to be on standby to work at the weekend, unless I request dispensation to be unavailable."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Working hours can be long, but you can get time off in lieu."
First year trainee, London
"On average I work nine or ten hours a day. There isn't a huge 'face-time' culture, although you're expected to stay until 6:30pm or so when it's a quiet day."
Second year trainee, London
"I found that the corporate and finance hours can be long, and that there is little flexibility with hours in transactional deal teams, but experiences in other departments were more favourable."
Second year trainee, London
"There are quiet periods and busy periods, as is normal in a deal driven profession. If work needs to be done, then you need to get it done."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours really depend on the practice area and how busy it is at any given moment. Generally, it's a nine hour day when quiet, 11 hours on a typical day, and more when we are busy. For a trainee, the firm is not particularly flexible on hours, but supervisors do aim to ensure that you are not in the office any longer than you need to be."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours in transactional seats are very variable. There is no 'face-time' culture, so there is no need to be around if there is no work to be completed, but that is not often."
First year trainee, London
"There is no 'face-time' culture, so when work is quiet you can leave early, and during this time it is not necessary to arrive excessively early."
Second year trainee, Paris

2014

"Hours are variable - they will inevitably be long at times when a deal is on, but when it's quiet everyone makes the most of the down time."
First year trainee, London
"Generally 9:30am-8:00pm. Occasionally (depending on department) I have worked periods with longer hours and all-nighters. The firm has rest pods for use in busy periods."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no culture of 'face-time' at the firm, but we are often very busy so do end up working long hours."
First year trainee, London
"When there is a deadline to be met there is understandably not much flexibility. However, we are generally expected to manage our own time and can work from home if necessary. Hours also tend to vary from department to department - in my present department, my hours are quite good."
Second year trainee, London
"I have a laptop, so can work from home in the evenings if I prefer. Hours are up and down, but when you aren't busy you are expected to leave the office at a sensible time."
First year trainee, London
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