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Simmons & Simmons Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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Simmons & Simmons Managing Partner Jeremy Hoyland
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  1. "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.


  2. "--"

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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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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!


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