Slaughter and May Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Solid foundations, limited responsibilities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Slaughter and May full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are (almost) without exception engaging, kind, and intelligent. The lack of billable targets means that when work is light there is no shame in slipping off on time, and people are happy to help others out on non-billable issues. Still one of the brightest names to have on the CV, and the briefs that come into the firm are frequently of massive scale and consequence. Secondment opportunites are overstated compared to other major firms. Even if hours are brutal, there is a feeling that partners are genuinely sorry to spoil weekends and eveningsm and recognise, at least theoretically, the importance of a social life.

    Cons

    Hierarchical. Sometimes very little work of substance or interest may flow down to trainee level. Mileage does vary on this, but that in itself is a frustration, how different the experience between trainees has been on the basis of seeming arbitrary supervisor allocations. Limited chance to be recognised for good performance, as all are on the same step-system of reward.

    Advice to Management

    Involve trainees, especially in their later seats, more as associates in waiting. It makes for less of a shock to the system on becoming an associate, and gives trainees more worth from their work.


  2. No regrets about joining

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Slaughter and May full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The firm´s reputation will stand you in good stead later in your career - Opportunity to learn a lot by working with exceptionally driven, intelligent people on a range of complex issues - The firm is very good at letting you structure your training contract so that you work in practice areas of interest to you

    Cons

    - The firm is very heirarchical and it frequently isn´t clear how decisions are made or why they are - Feedback can depend greatly on who you´re supervised by (as a trainee) and therefore you can go for long periods of time without knowing how you´re doing - In common with other city firms, the working hours are very unpredictable at times, and it can be hard to make plans outside of the office


  3. This is the gold standard in the UK, but it comes at a price to your personality.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Slaughter and May full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best corporate work on the market, hands down. Top quality training, and the name to have on your CV. Smart colleagues. Chris Saul (senior Partner) is brilliant and inspirational leader with a humble personality.

    Cons

    Sterile and stuck up. Excessive emphasis on etiquette, reservation of views, and poor social life. Difficult to let ones personality come out - string emphasis on conforming ones personality to what is expected by the firm's partners. Strong Hierarchical structure.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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  5. Top UK firm with stellar clients

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Slaughter and May full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge and challenging work Interesting clients and deals Working with top legal minds Pay is equivalent to other Magic Circle firms

    Cons

    Pressure and high expectations can be stressful Very traditional, not particularly embracing of change Work life balance sometimes difficult to achieve Culture is quite formal


  6. Great place but very cut throat

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Support in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Litigation Support in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Slaughter and May full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits and social events you can go to. Annual where you can bring your other half to.

    Cons

    Pay is well below average; working hours are brutal as you're expected to stay until the work is done. Having a social/home life is near impossible. Non legal employees are not treated the same as the legal staff.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training for staff. Fair pay for all departments and balance working hours and expectations.


  7. Helpful (1)

    The best of the best

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Slaughter and May full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Smart and (generally) highly motivated colleagues. - Exposure to some of the City's top lawyers. - Fantastic clients.

    Cons

    Limited international opportunities compared with other Magic Circle firms.

    Advice to Management

    .


  8. The best legal training and name on your CV, at a price

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Slaughter and May full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    best in the business in London; best training; great benefits; nice to be in a pure partnership

    Cons

    If you didn't go to a British boarding school and Oxbridge, you are not going to fit in; not known overseas; the constant feeling that you aren't good enough; unrelenting partners; facetime requirements; gossip; feels hard to leave; not the most competitive salary.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Brand, Great Performance, Good Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Slaughter and May

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    + Great brand + Very good at what they do

    Cons

    - Limited international opportunities - Office not as exciting as some big firms

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on atmosphere in the office.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Big name but terrible place to work at.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Slaughter and May

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to good quality work Opportunity to work with biggest clients Good infrastructure and resources within the firm Decent training

    Cons

    No opportunity to develop the business Robotic work culture Extremely heirarchical People are extremely cold and tight-lipped Work allocation is not transparent and very biased No work-life balance at all Salaries and incentives do not match to the work extracted from associates

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more transparency into work allocation amongst associates, better associate salaries and stop being so stiff.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Summer Associate at Slaughter and May, good learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Slaughter and May

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional, a lot of opportunities for learning

    Cons

    really tough and challenging, prepare for over-time work

    Advice to Management

    N/A



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