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Shoosmiths Reviews

Updated 23 de Jun 2019

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  1. "Trainee Life 2018"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Soicitor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very supportive environment. Great bunch of people to work with. Choice of training seats, even if outside your designated office. Regular social events. Encouraged to be part of charity committee and pro bono initiatives. Great offices - open plan, spacious, good facilities. No stuffiness. Good opportunities for progression. Agile working. Nice extra perks.

    Cons

    Lack of communication in order to understand what's happening in your team (i.e. recruitment etc) can at times be frustrating but this has improved in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Really true to Shoosmiths' values

    Shoosmiths2018-10-22

    Shoosmiths Response

    June 4, 2019Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for others to read. Our firmwide recruitment team has been growing rapidly in the last year to support the growth of the firm, and there is now dedicated recruiters for each practice area, which should help communication between the ...

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  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Case Handler in Northampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great extremely. Everyone is helpful including partners

    Cons

    There is no canteen available

    Advice to Management

    None

    Shoosmiths2018-11-05

    Shoosmiths Response

    June 4, 2019Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for sharing your review of the firm for others to read. We don't have a canteen that serves food, but we have access to three different food vans which arrive a number of times through the day, and vending machines on site, in addition to the free fruit available to all. ...

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  3. "Great Firm - Supportive Management"

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    Current Employee - Solicitor in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a really great firm to work for. There are many opportunities for career progressions in addition to great training and development opportunities. The salaries are good, taking into account the work/life balance offered. The people are down to earth and genuinely supportive. I've loved working here.

    Cons

    I think that the experience of working here can be different depending on what team you are in. My own experience has been truly great but I think that may not be the case in other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - and maybe consider bonuses? I know it's difficult to do that without changing the culture but perhaps you could adopt a percentage based profit share model?

    Shoosmiths2018-10-19

    Shoosmiths Response

    June 4, 2019Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for sharing your review of the firm for others today. The firm is constantly reviewing feedback, so thank you for sharing.

  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Northampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Just been for around a month. So feedback, purely based on my last month's stay in the company: * Everyone seems to be happy * There is a family feeling here * Good benefits package (I presume this gets better depending on the pay scale)

    Cons

    *Very tight deadlines and very hectic shcedules * Base Pay is less compared to market rates. * Very rigid about one hour lunch breaks (May be a pro, but becomes a con for people who want to leave early)

    Advice to Management

    None

    Shoosmiths2018-09-18
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Legal admin"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Shoosmiths full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Some great people -Free fruit

    Cons

    -whole firm full of cliques -Made a lot of the admins do jobs we should not have been doing that were case handler jobs but obviously they pay us less so win win for them -shocking wages -HR staff are rude and inconsiderate -constantly working hard no praise - bullying - Workload is large and always got pressured and bullied into doing work at a stupidly quick rate -would not recommend working for the Arrow... global team one bit awful environment full of negativity

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    Advice to Management

    Think more about your staff members

    Shoosmiths2018-09-27
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Case Handler"

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    Current Employee - Case Handler in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people - nice office.

    Cons

    Very low salary, no chance to grow, salary review is a joke. No appreciation for the work done.

    Advice to Management

    Start to take care of your employees

    Shoosmiths2018-07-31
  7. "Good enough"

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    Mortgage 

    I worked at Shoosmiths

    Pros

    Lively atmosphere, ever-changing workforce, Growing Company

    Cons

    Lack of direction, Disconnect between Management, Solicitors and General Staff.

    Shoosmiths2018-06-19
  8. "Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shoosmiths full-time

    Pros

    Forward thinking firm, great working environment

    Cons

    Needed to improve career development opportunities for non-lawyers

    Shoosmiths2018-05-31

    Shoosmiths Response

    June 4, 2019Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for your feedback.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great firm that offers fair opportunity to progress."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shoosmiths full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, culture and environment. Opportunity to have your ideas considered and implemented. Transparency with figures and team / individual performance. Autonomy to get on with your day job, but support when you need it. Monthly office 'team brief' to share any relevant news. Good opportunities to get involved in recruitment and training of juniors / trainees. Great L&D / training support with... programmes like Ignite. Visible operations board across the office network

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    Cons

    Laptops and agile working is nice, but the general IT systems could do with some improvement and more regular updates from the department would help. Also, the lack of bonus structure which is on offer at most other firms.

    Shoosmiths2018-04-17

    Shoosmiths Response

    June 4, 2019Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for your details feedback about the firm.

  10. Helpful (2)

    "An engaging and rewarding company"

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    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Northampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shoosmiths full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Corporate Responsibility across site. Local Charity Committees let you feel involved in smaller grass root charities as well as the larger national charities. Well facilitated offices. Good overall parking. Internal employee nomination scheme for working "Above and Beyond" Focus on employee wellbeing. Extra days holiday for your Birthday. 1 day off to go and volunteer with a charity/cause. Strong Service... Desk team, with ability to learn from experienced teams. In-house Learning and Development team means you are getting training that is relevant and bespoke to the company and your needs.

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    Cons

    A steep learning curve, however a personal observation: Shoosmiths can offer a wonderful opportunity that is well worth the initial learning curve of working for such an ambitious company. Fully engaging in the process and using the continual development services on offer will help greatly if you have the right drive and determination.

    Shoosmiths2018-03-27

    Shoosmiths Response

    June 4, 2019Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for providing this detailed feedabck about the firm.

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