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Simmons & Simmons Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
13 Reviews
3.3
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Paralegal

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Excellent training

    Cons

    No career progress even if you're a good employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on retaining your best employees and consider the benefit of a good business support team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not the company it used to be

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, nice offices, collegiate atmosphere

    Cons

    Business services seen as unimportant, no training or development for them with little chance of internal promotion. HR managers think they're more important than the fee earners. Don't reward loyalty or high performers unless you're a fee earner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not just about the fee earners, you have support staff that are enabling your lawyers to do a good job, see them as an asset not an expense

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Beginning to realise its potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Services in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Services in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top end client base in the asset management divisions built on the successful hedge fund practice, but over the last 2 years has built an unprecedented client base across different asset management clients. A very good banking and insurance client base rivalling the magic circle. A level of quality, reassurance and integrity respecxted by those that come in contact with the firm. Market profile is bigger than revenues suggest, a collecgiate culture that fosters a friendly environment and good work life balance. Leadership and business development plans now coming to fruition.Based on a meritocracy - if you do a job well, you get recognised.

    Cons

    Can be siloed (there again what law firm isn't), can think about own department too much and not what is right for everyone. Can over plan and not think about implementation and delivery, can have the wrong people doing the wrong job..too many people in HR

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Services in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Business Services in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    free environment and good people

    Cons

    not competative salary and unclear career path

  6.  

    different law firm

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    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try focusing on support staff as they are also the core of the business not only partners and fee earners.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Services in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Services in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Business 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reward business services staff.
    Looking to save money, ask for suggestions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work/life balance. Average salary.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Trainee in Rome (Italy)

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Nice people

    Cons

    Average salary. Extremely variable workload.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great quality of work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Milano (Italy)
    Current Employee - Associate in Milano (Italy)

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great quality of work and overall life balance.

    Cons

    No clear career path. Sometimes the firm does not make you feel valued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Loved working there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Liked the company overall but perhaps teach the partners more people skills towards their associates rather than just clients.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons

    Pros

    People are very friendly, good working hours

    Cons

    Average pay is the only downside

    Approves of CEO

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