Firm of the Year update: stellar scores for Shearman despite loo issues
14 December 2012
As responses for RollOnFriday Firm of the Year 2013
head towards 3,000, early contenders for both the top spot and the infamous Golden Turd are already emerging.
Life seems particularly happy at Shearman & Sterling
. Lawyers praise the "friendly, collegiate atmosphere
" and "first class work
". Despite the often "relentless hours
", one associate enthused "people thought I was mad to join Shearman several years ago, but I would recommend it to anyone
". It's not all rosy however: several respondents moaned about the toilets blocking up.
is an example of a firm generating a very mixed bag of results so far. Half of the respondents lavish the "ideas-driven
" firm with praise for its "young energetic partnership
", "open culture
" and, um, "great range of booze
". While the other half bemoan poor retention rates, "smug
" partners and an excess of "deadwood
". One particularly disenchanted junior lawyer claimed associate competitiveness at the firm "is akin to gladiators being sent to kill each other in front of the fat evil romans (partners).
||Scenes at Olswang yesterday |
At the arse end of proceedings, DAC Beachcroft
gets a kicking for being "rubbish
", for lawyers not having "a cat in hell's chance of a bonus
", "relentless hours
" and malfunctioning air conditioning. Dundas & Wilson staffers are also less than happy with "very poor pay
" and coffee machines which apparently expel "what looks and tastes very much like toilet water
". No wonder several respondents complain of low morale.
There is still plenty of time to spill the beans, good and bad, on your firm in either the UK survey
or the Australian survey