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Simmons & Simmons Reviews

Updated August 31, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance and supportive, friendly environment" (in 6 reviews)

  • "A collegiate and open-plan office with genuinely nice people I would happily spend the rest of my career working alongside" (in 5 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. "Business development Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    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

  3. "Business Support"

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

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


  4. "Underwhelming"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. 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


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    "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.


  10. "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.