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Simmons & Simmons CEO Jeremy Hoyland
Jeremy Hoyland
20 Ratings
Pros
  • "A collegiate and open-plan office with genuinely nice people I would happily spend the rest of my career working alongside(in 5 reviews)

  • "Great office working environment(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Little progression opportunities in Business Services(in 6 reviews)

  • "Some partners are rude and believe you are just a support staff(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "HR Management Issues"

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Paris
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Central Paris, well served by public transportation. Good working relationships among support staff. Relaxation lounge. Good supplemental health insurance. €9.60 meal tickets.

    Cons

    Work in open space. Low bonus if ever. RTT removed in case of sick day. No annual training plan. No incentive for positive engagements. No employee representatives. etc.

    Advice to Management

    Mother company should pay more attention to the local HR (mis)management.

  2. "Business development Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment Good colleagues Global platform

    Cons

    Low salary, unclear career path, there are some bad bosses

  3. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Good level of responsibility - client interaction - nice people

    Cons

    - training is lacking in certain areas for associates - PSLs aren't there for certain teams

  4. "Business Support"

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

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Flexible working, Fair salary, Autonomy

    Cons

    Lean teams (everyone working at beyond full capacity) Poor/slow decision making due to partnership structure

    Advice to Management

    Don't make so many decisions without doing the research/due diligence first.

  5. "Underwhelming"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time

    Pros

    Close to underground station - great for a quick exit

    Cons

    Poorly run business lead by a managing partner who has no real ambition to take the firm forward in the way it needs to. A firm that rewards mediocrity more than anything else. Great place if you’re on your way to retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Change your managing partner. Introduce greater accountability.

  6. "Great company to work for"

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    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

  7. "Best of both worlds"

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

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time for more than 4 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.

  8. "International law firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time for more than 2 years

    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.

  9. Helpful (2)

    "No culture or progression"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time for more than 2 years

    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

  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simmons & Simmons full-time for more than 2 years

    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.

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