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Simmons & Simmons Reviews

Updated May 10, 2018
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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Work could be repetitive and dull


  2. "Best of both worlds"

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    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    City/International work, regional setting. A collegiate and open-plan office with genuinely nice people I would happily spend the rest of my career working alongside. Sense that Bristol is on an upward trajectory.

    Cons

    "One firm in the UK" approach is very London-centric and issues arising from this are apparent in various ways in the working relationship between Bristol and London.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and act on the concerns and requests of Bristol colleagues using existing channels and forums for communication.

  3. "International law firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, partners approciability, many events to socialize. Fantastic staff.

    Cons

    Terribile long hours. Low profile work. Below-the-average pay. Ruined vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the salaries and shorten the stage period up to 3 months.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "No culture or progression"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good starting salary
    -Not much else

    Cons

    - No culture in the Bristol office
    - Unsociable
    -Uninspiring office
    -Partners are often rude and uncooperative
    - Little progression opportunities in Business Services
    -Don't expect a pay rise
    -IT Systems are highly frustrating and not fit for purpose

    Advice to Management

    You need to start creating an inspiriting place to work were there is a culture and people enjoy going to work. Invest in your staff and systems more - it's not just about the fee earners


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Bristol Office Good for a paycheck, but little else!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Light, modern office.
    Good facilities (underground car park/bike storage)
    Competitive salary.
    Situated close to the train station.
    Flexible working permitted.

    Cons

    The IT systems are poor.
    Lack of formal training or development opportunities.
    No interaction between teams - cold, unsociable atmosphere.
    Individuals berated in front of colleagues for mistakes.
    Support staff (I.T, secretary’s and paralegals) are looked down on by fee earners.
    High turnover of staff.


  6. "Training contract"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time

    Pros

    Good variety, training and collegiality.

    Cons

    Bad retention rate and over-sold the number of roles available in comparison to the number retained.

    Advice to Management

    Increase retention rates. Increase pay.


  7. "--"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time

    Pros

    Acceptable work-life balance and work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Low salary. Management lacks courage. Lack of coordinated business development strategy.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Generally a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Business Services in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Services in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many people are aiming towards the same goal and willing to help each other whenever possible.

    Cons

    Management are out of touch with the business but also out of touch with employees, many senior management have their own agenda which unfortunately does not help the firm reach its goals and aspirations.

    Advice to Management

    I would say leave and start fresh somewhere else but honestly believe they would struggle to find another job, hence the reason they remain here with their own agenda.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Trouble on the horizon?"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Associate in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good IT infrastructure, some good to very good practice areas

    Cons

    Shrinking international network, laughable claims to be "one of the world's 20 leading law firms by 2020"

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to compete with leading firms.


  10. "Good but not enough international and client secondments"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trainee Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work exposure at trainee level which is particularly good if in one of the main departments e.g. Finance or tax

    Cons

    Not enough international or client secondments which is a shame given you're advertised that there are lots of these opportunities


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