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Sad decline in ill-concieved pursuit of short term gain

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Simmons & Simmons

Pros

Nice office, nice canteen, nice art

Cons

Short term focus, divided partnership, no real corporate strength

Advice to ManagementAdvice

S&S used to be known for its great lawyers, collegiality and progressive approach to work life balance. Clients got a great service, were loyal, and followed market leading specialists. It also had a decent corporate department. Now it is known for its failed tilt at the Magic Circle and the fact that all its stars have long since left. It should have stuck to its roots rather than try to turn itself into a poor man's Clifford Chance (and what's so good about them?)

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  1. Generally a challenging but rewarding and friendly environment well located, and good opportunities to travel.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with smart talented people
    Good career prospects for hardworking junior staff
    Great office working environment

    Cons

    Limited scope for further career development for middle management staff
    Business Services staff and functions undervalued
    High staff turnover

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  2. Nice people, but needs to work on staff retention

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time

    Pros

    The people are mostly lovely, and the firm tends to actively discourage lawyers from being prats. You'll be given lots of freedom to pick up work that interests you.

    Cons

    Lack of a structured career path for business services staff, especially in smaller offices. Roles are poorly defined and hardworking staff end up overburdened and overwhelmed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your business services staff; they're valuable, and will look elsewhere if they can't progress within the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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