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Slaughter and May Reviews

Updated October 16, 2016
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  1. "Great if it is right for you"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent training and high standard of work

    Cons

    Long hours so don't expect to have a consistent social life during the week


  2. "Amazing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Intern in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Slaughter and May (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small firm. Lots of partner attention. High trainee retention rate. Very good work environment. Very little not to like!

    Cons

    Not much I can think of.


  3. "solid perfomance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Slaughter and May full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    technically good lawyers great client base good mix of work

    Cons

    demanding about good quality and high expectations

    Advice to Management

    continue insisting on quality


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "No real surprises..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Slaughter and May full-time

    Pros

    - A good place to be a corporate lawyer: work on the biggest corporate deals making the news in the City
    - Work for one of the most elite law firms in terms of reputation
    - Involved in work with an international dimension
    - Pro bono opportunities
    - Strong brand to have on your CV

    Cons

    - Conservative culture and workplace: Can be formal, hierarchical and demanding
    - Work allocation is not transparent and you will probably either be overworked due to your proficiency or conversely, underworked because no-one sees any value in you
    - No sense of team spirit so you may be left to your own devices with a difficult task
    - Lack of dynamism: Lots of success built on the foundations of long-standing institutional client bases
    - Fail to do something perfectly and you may find yourself left out in the cold without any constructive criticism
    - Long hours and poor work-life balance: If something must be done, you will be there until it is done (No billable hours targets doesn't mean you work less)
    - The work can be particularly complex at times
    - There is also lots of low quality administrative work to churn through
    - Limited international secondment and client secondment opportunities at a junior level
    - With some exceptions colleagues are largely from the same backgrounds and universities
    - Similar hours to a US firm but lower pay
    - Limited client contact at a junior level
    - Old school shared private office workplace environment


  6. "Solid foundations, limited responsibilities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Slaughter and May full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are (almost) without exception engaging, kind, and intelligent. The lack of billable targets means that when work is light there is no shame in slipping off on time, and people are happy to help others out on non-billable issues. Still one of the brightest names to have on the CV, and the briefs that come into the firm are frequently of massive scale and consequence. Secondment opportunites are overstated compared to other major firms. Even if hours are brutal, there is a feeling that partners are genuinely sorry to spoil weekends and eveningsm and recognise, at least theoretically, the importance of a social life.

    Cons

    Hierarchical. Sometimes very little work of substance or interest may flow down to trainee level. Mileage does vary on this, but that in itself is a frustration, how different the experience between trainees has been on the basis of seeming arbitrary supervisor allocations. Limited chance to be recognised for good performance, as all are on the same step-system of reward.

    Advice to Management

    Involve trainees, especially in their later seats, more as associates in waiting. It makes for less of a shock to the system on becoming an associate, and gives trainees more worth from their work.


  7. "No regrets about joining"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Slaughter and May full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The firm´s reputation will stand you in good stead later in your career

    - Opportunity to learn a lot by working with exceptionally driven, intelligent people on a range of complex issues

    - The firm is very good at letting you structure your training contract so that you work in practice areas of interest to you

    Cons

    - The firm is very heirarchical and it frequently isn´t clear how decisions are made or why they are

    - Feedback can depend greatly on who you´re supervised by (as a trainee) and therefore you can go for long periods of time without knowing how you´re doing

    - In common with other city firms, the working hours are very unpredictable at times, and it can be hard to make plans outside of the office


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    "This is the gold standard in the UK, but it comes at a price to your personality."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Slaughter and May full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best corporate work on the market, hands down. Top quality training, and the name to have on your CV. Smart colleagues. Chris Saul (senior Partner) is brilliant and inspirational leader with a humble personality.

    Cons

    Sterile and stuck up. Excessive emphasis on etiquette, reservation of views, and poor social life. Difficult to let ones personality come out - string emphasis on conforming ones personality to what is expected by the firm's partners. Strong Hierarchical structure.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. "Top UK firm with stellar clients"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Slaughter and May full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge and challenging work
    Interesting clients and deals
    Working with top legal minds
    Pay is equivalent to other Magic Circle firms

    Cons

    Pressure and high expectations can be stressful
    Very traditional, not particularly embracing of change
    Work life balance sometimes difficult to achieve
    Culture is quite formal


  10. "Great place but very cut throat"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Litigation Support in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Litigation Support in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Slaughter and May full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits and social events you can go to. Annual where you can bring your other half to.

    Cons

    Pay is well below average; working hours are brutal as you're expected to stay until the work is done. Having a social/home life is near impossible. Non legal employees are not treated the same as the legal staff.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training for staff. Fair pay for all departments and balance working hours and expectations.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "The best of the best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Slaughter and May full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Smart and (generally) highly motivated colleagues.
    - Exposure to some of the City's top lawyers.
    - Fantastic clients.

    Cons

    Limited international opportunities compared with other Magic Circle firms.

    Advice to Management

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