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  1. "Fantastic company to work for, industry leaders"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Patent Attorney
    Current Employee - Trainee Patent Attorney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mewburn Ellis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Real commitment to training and welfare of staff, great atmosphere. Fantastic career opportunities.

    Cons

    No cons I can think of having worked here for a year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  2. "A great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Mewburn Ellis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A good starting salary which increases approximately every 6 months and with each stage of qualification.
    - A structured and in-depth approach to training with regular tutorials and detailed feedback. Mewburn-trained attorneys are viewed as some of the best in the business.
    - Real prospects of partnership 3-5 years post-qualification.
    - Paperless office environment with and incredibly efficient IT support team.
    -Yearly IP retreat with a chance to meet up with the whole firm.
    -The usual benefits: cycle to work scheme, good pension etc

    Cons

    - Trainees are expected to work in 2-3 of Mewburn's four offices. However, this is made clear at interview! Financial support is given with moving costs.
    - Hard work is expected from day 1 (as with any legal career). Reviews are held every 6 months and the firm are clear that a consistent failure to meet expectations will ultimately lead to dismissal.
    - If Mewburn do not view you as future partnership material it is unlikely they will keep you. The feeing of being 'disliked' can be upsetting, as can be seen from reviews by ex-employees. However due to the quality of training all ex-Mewburn trainees quickly find positions in other firms and the benefits of being 'liked' are considerable.


  3. "Great place to work, if they like you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Attorney in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Patent Attorney in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent career prospects
    Good pay (average in the industry to begin with, but excellent if get to higher levels of partnership)
    Very fair minded people
    Good company spirit and direction
    Generally well managed
    Pressure to bill is not excessive
    Excellent training as a trainee - best in the business
    Hard work, but reasonable hours (9-5 or 9-6)
    3 month placement abroad after 4-5 years if you do well.
    Very very organised. Way ahead of the curve for a patent agency.
    Big company so you have room to contribute in many ways, depending on your talents.

    Cons

    Can be very inflexible and dogmatic in terms of the way things are done
    They either like you or they don't - if not you won't feel comfortable
    High expectations - you often feel on the spot
    Very hard work ethic (you have to work very hard to fit in)
    Not a relaxed place for the above reasons...although people are very civilized and professional
    Hard place to train - lots of support, but also scathing reviews of your abilities, it is either sink or swim
    Trainees have to move offices between different cities in first three years - can be disruptive to social life

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!
    A little more transparency from the partnership would be a good thing.
    Keep up the high standards, but be a little more open minded to new opportunities and ways of doing things.