How would you rate your overall job satisfaction?

How much you enjoy your job has a significant impact on your training experience and is an important element which contributes to your overall happiness at work. Factors such as pay, how much support you receive, quality of work, friendly colleagues and interesting clients play a huge role, but feeling valued and respected also makes for a satisfied trainee. Recruits at these Lex 100 Winner firms certainly enjoy high levels of job satisfaction. Trainees at Osborne Clarke are offered ‘consistently good quality of work’ and were delighted by the firm’s ‘modern outlook’. Goodwin Procter’s ‘technically advanced work’ is balanced by ‘extensive support’ from colleagues. At ‘globally prestigious’ Kirkland & Ellis, rookies loved the ‘hands-on nature’ of their training contract, as well as the high levels of responsibility and client contact. Trainees benefit from ‘high-quality supervision and training’ at Fladgate and report that from the very first day ‘partners are inclusive and take an obvious interest in the trainees’. At Hill Dickinson colleagues are described as down to earth: ‘from the CEO to security, everyone is treated equally and is as approachable as the next person’. Trainees also feel happy at Vinson & Elkins as it is ‘very open, friendly and non-hierarchical’. The ‘tailored and flexible training’, which is closely monitored by HR at Akin Gump and the ‘excellent pay’ at Debevoise & Plimpton are also widely appreciated. A ‘well-known friendly culture’ originating from ‘humble family roots’ at Michelmores was a big draw for trainees seeking a combination of high-quality work and a respect for work/life balance.

Firm Score
Osborne Clarke LLP 89.2
Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP 88.9
Kirkland & Ellis LLP 88.3
Fladgate LLP 87.6
Hill Dickinson LLP 87.4
Vinson & Elkins LLP 87.3
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 86.5
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 86.4
Michelmores LLP 86.3
DMH Stallard LLP 85.9
Forsters LLP 85.8
Macfarlanes LLP 85.7
Muckle LLP 85.6
Mills & Reeve 85.1
Ward Hadaway 85.0
Boodle Hatfield LLP 84.8
Leigh Day 84.4
Brabners LLP 84.3
Latham & Watkins 84.1
Stephens Scown LLP 83.8

Other Categories

  • How approachable are your supervisors?
  • How confident are you that you will be kept on at the end of your training contract?
  • How far has the firm lived up to your expectations?
  • How good is your firm’s social life?
  • How satisfied are you with your financial remuneration?
  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of your workplace environment?
  • How would you rate the international secondment opportunities available?
  • How would you rate the quality of work you are given?
  • How would you rate the work/life balance at your firm?
  • How would you rate your amount of client contact?
  • If you did a vacation scheme with your firm, how would you rate it?