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Simmons & Simmons Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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  1. "Good but not enough international and client secondments"

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    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


  2. "After a few years"

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

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly and personable individuals.

    Cons

    Caught in-between the magic circle thoroughbreds and the cheaper international firms.


  3. "Manager, Finance"

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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 work-life balance and supportive, friendly environment. Interesting work available if you show initiative and enthusiasm. Opportunities to work across teams and with a variety of different people.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for internal promotion leading to fairly high staff turnover. Minimal communication within business support teams around strategy and short-to-medium term goals.

    Advice to Management

    More discussion around strategy and long term goals for business support teams would increase motivation levels.


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  5. "Junior Associate - Jeddah Office"

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    Current Employee - Junior Associate in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Junior Associate in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    Great office environment, direct contact with clients, plenty of opportunity to get involved with interesting work

    Cons

    very unorganized, no clear structure, poor pay, limited corporate development strategy,

    Advice to Management

    have a clear progression path and get organised


  6. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time

    Pros

    nice people, nice environment, strong find practice

    Cons

    A bit self contained, cross selling not ideal


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Perfect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Perfect
    2. Really good
    3. Comfortable
    4. Respectful
    5. Exciting

    Cons

    1. NOTHING
    2. AT ALL
    3. HONESTLY
    4. IT WAS PERFECT
    5. SERIOUSLY IT WAS

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing so gallantly!


  8. "Dynamic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A great departmental team - friendly, helpful and approachable with interesting and diverse projects to work on. A good sense of ownership of your own workload.

    Cons

    The salary and pay rise scheme was slightly below the market standard in comparison to equivalent size firms and there was a limited number career progression opportunities.


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    "Not as it seems"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Focused business strategy, Reasonable pay, Consistant branding, Good work-life balance, Most people are nice, Decent canteen, good art collection

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics within teams and also between departments.

    There is a lack of consistency and communication internally. I think there is also some elements where people have been at the firm for some time who have lost interest in their work, and have become complacent. It is very siloed, each department thinks about itself and doesn't see the importance of supporting other departments.

    They also have a strange promotion policy - not necessarily based on your ability and work ethic.

    Staff retention needs to improve dramatically.

    There is also a lack in department strategy - there is no common goal for the department, and if there is - it's not communicated well.

    IT is awful!

    No training or development available

    Advice to Management

    Business services is a secondry thought - management needs to allow the business services to advise them on where the business is going. I think (just like most law firms) lawyers think they are experts in everything - but actually need to not think of their own personal wants, and appreciate there is a firmwide goal and that everyone should be working towards that.


  10. "Interesting work but better management of people required"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Simmons & Simmons full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, interesting work, great team

    Cons

    Lack of communication from group partners; Pay below market


  11. "Litigation Support team definitelt could use a change in management"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. That is about it. Most of the associates and partners are really easy to work with and you can get on well with them. But that's about it.

    Cons

    Department is under prepared, upper management needs training, no structure to department, long hours which cut into work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Resign


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