Simmons & Simmons
3.3 of 5 10 reviews
www.simmons-simmons.com London, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

Simmons & Simmons Reviews

Updated Feb 7, 2014
Simmons & Simmons – London – “Simmons & Simmons”

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3.3 10 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

Simmons & Simmons Managing Partner Jeremy Hoyland

Jeremy Hoyland

(2 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    good employer

    Business Services (Current Employee)
    Beijing, Beijing (China)

    Prosfree environment and good people

    Consnot competative salary and unclear career path

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    different law firm

    Administrator (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    Prosnice friendly atmosphere, HR don't bully you, good team spirit

    Conslow pay, not much recognition for work as a support staff, some benefits not available after probabtion unlike other law firms.

    Advice to Senior Managementtry focusing on support staff as they are also the core of the business not only partners and fee earners.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Simmons used to be a great place to work...

    Business Services (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsAmazing colleagues who always pull together.
    Pay is on par.

    ConsBusiness services are treated second class.
    All benefit's are aimed at legal staff and not support staff.
    There is no internal honesty, change comes with no warming.
    Business services are often the scapegoat for any sort of failure.
    Rarely are you recognized for the time and effort you put in.
    No bonus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward business services staff.
    Looking to save money, ask for suggestions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work/life balance. Average salary.

    Trainee (Current Employee)
    Rome (Italy)

    ProsGood work/life balance. Nice people

    ConsAverage salary. Extremely variable workload.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great quality of work

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Milano (Italy)

    ProsGreat quality of work and overall life balance.

    ConsNo clear career path. Sometimes the firm does not make you feel valued.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved working there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI liked that the partners had good experience and were willing to impart that on others. I enjoyed the team environment and the quality of the work. I thought it prepared me well for future roles.

    ConsThey weren't that busy and I felt like the associates were being blamed for not bringing in as much work. It seemed with every passing managing partner there were huge disparities in the message being made and often contradictory.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLiked the company overall but perhaps teach the partners more people skills towards their associates rather than just clients.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good start

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are very friendly, good working hours

    ConsAverage pay is the only downside

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    Nice team to work with

    Business Services (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsLots of change which brings with it new opportunities and challenges.

    ConsTo much change is frustrating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo comment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 week internship across 2 departments

    Summer Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsVery friendly staff. Their internship was extremely well-organised and we were given decent work by supervisors. They also organised a lot of interim seminars, departmental tours and workshops to introduce us to the firm and to break up our individual work schedules. Work hours of the senior staff their seemed decent as well.

    ConsTheir strategy appears to be a heavy shift in focus on corporate, M&A work - at least, that was what Mark Dawkins stated when he addressed the interns. Whether this might lead to other departments being moved to the sidelines may be a problem for some not so intent on becoming corporate lawyers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little more honesty with potential employees would be nice, even if internal propaganda is inevitable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sad decline in ill-concieved pursuit of short term gain

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice office, nice canteen, nice art

    ConsShort term focus, divided partnership, no real corporate strength

    Advice to Senior ManagementS&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?)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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