Shearman & Sterling
Informal Training & Mentoring
How much performance feedback does your firm offer?
Do you receive praise and recognition for your work?
Lots of ongoing feedback and formal feedback every 3 months. We choose our own mentors, who have a budget to take us out every 3 months. Lots of people genuinely care about trainees.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
People often willing to talk about the deal to give you context. However there could be more on-the-job feedback.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
My mentor is great and I know I can ask anyone around for advice. Very much an 'open door policy' office. Frequent constructive feedback.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
My first supervisor was fantastic in terms of teaching me a lot, giving me feedback on everything so I could improve the next time around and giving me praise when I did good work. Generally there are always people you can talk to.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
My assigned (and self-chosen) mentor is always contactable, but usually a bit busy for us to use a twice a seat (and generous) lunch budget. But there are always other people you can talk too about legal/career/office issues - several of the associates, especially the more junior, are happy to shut their door and hear about your issues and most of the partners are happy to talk to you about how to get your career going the way you want it.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
Partners are very approachable and open to questions. People always give you feedback on your work and praise good work.Second year traineeHelpful?
Mentors have all typically trained at S&S themselves and are usually 3 years PQE or under, making them more approachable. All mentors and trainees get along well and often socialise together. There is a generous budget for two trainee-mentor lunches per seat rotation, and as a policy mentors are not from a trainee's first practice group - this encourages trainees to get to know people throughout the firm.Second year traineeHelpful?