Slaughter and May Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
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  1. This is the gold standard in the UK, but it comes at a price to your personality.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. Top UK firm with stellar clients

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  3. Great place but very cut throat

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    The best of the best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    .

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Brand, Great Performance, Good Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Big name but terrible place to work at.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Summer Associate at Slaughter and May, good learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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