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  • Booz & Company Exciting projects with big clients Limited choice over your work
  • Penningtons Manches LLP Sociable hours and no face time expected Communication can be poor
  • Boston Consulting Group You’ll be exposed to a wide range of industries You have to find time to attend training and fit it around your workload
  • Sidley Austin Magic Circle level work divided amongst a much smaller trainee intake Heavily finance-orientated, so make sure you enjoy it
  • Ashurst Top quality clients and high-profile cases Hours can be exhausting at times
  • CHP Consulting Exposure to big name clients Not very diverse in terms of gender, (although the company is working on this)
  • Linklaters World class deals and work, especially on the corporate side Long and unpredictable hours (as with all Magic Circle firms)
  • HSBC Holdings Good benefits Base salaries are generally low, especially when compared to other banks
  • John Lewis Partnership Good career structure and well defined career path In some branches and roles the location can make it difficult to socialise among teams
  • Grant Thornton Expect a lot of responsibility and challenging work from the start Getting hired in London is harder than at regional offices
  • L'Oréal Social and creative atmosphere The recruitment process can take a while
  • nucleargraduates Possibility of trips abroad Work flow can sometimes be inconsistent
  • DWF Lots of responsibility and client interaction Discrepancies in workloads between departments
  • Bain & Company Supportive and friendly work environment Constant pressure to perform well can be overbearing
  • KPMG Open door policy and approachable partners Limited and scattered office space, and some office are quite old
  • The Co-operative Group Opportunity to work in a range of industries It is a bit old fashioned at times
  • Nomura A great platform for innovation and progression Still in the phase of redefining a corporate identity
  • Hogan Lovells Excellent training, both legal and soft skills The uncertainty of the hours, and you are expected to work weekends when busy
  • Thales Good job security Very top heavy
  • Shearman & Sterling Small team of trainees, working on big deals, with real hands on responsibility Bonus system is unclear and pay is on the low end of the scale for a US firm
  • Mayer Brown Interesting, rewarding work with lots of exposure to high profile deals and clients Some areas of the firm can feel hierarchical at times
  • Freshfields An abundance of social events Lack of partnership prospects
  • Herbert Smith Freehills Great opportunities for secondments to clients or abroad Long hours and stressful periods
  • Olswang Wide variety of high profile work with interesting clients Becoming increasingly corporate
  • BP Good work/life balance High turnover
  • Ince & Co Excellent reputation in maritime law Work-flow can be unpredictable/irregular
  • Reed Smith A great deal of responsibility early on for trainees Trainees expected to work long hours at short notice
  • Hill Dickinson Almost daily contact with partners Limited foreign secondment opportunities for trainees in the North West offices
  • Travers Smith Early responsibility encouraged, with a good support network Only one international seat available, Paris
  • Capgemini Interesting and varied workload There’s a fair amount of travel to client sites
  • ITV A great name to have on your CV A large company so quieter employees may go unnoticed
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP Very friendly, encouraging and supportive firm Large number of female associates, but not reflected in the partnership
  • Slaughter and May High degree of responsibility from the start Lack of transparency on firm decisions
  • Jones Day Solid compensation The lack of direct supervision during the training contract isn't for everyone
  • Allen & Overy Good compensation and perks for a UK firm The ladder to making partner is steep