Vacation Scheme at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000


About You
The Organisation
Everything Else


About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The firm was really friendly, as were the other people on the vacation scheme, making it a very enjoyable experience. The work was varied and I was able to ask around for types of work that I wished to try which enabled me to get a lot out of my time here.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I was given interesting work rather than only administrative tasks. People were willing to discuss the context with me despite the firm being quite busy at times, making individual tasks much more interesting. People made a real effort to welcome me and to help me to make the most of the experience.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

I had a trainee buddy in the same department as me for each week. They were both very supportive with lots of advice about how to approach new things as well as providing a realistic account of life at the firm. Graduate Recruitment were also very supportive, attending many of the events.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills I have developed will help me during a training contract. I hope that the information that I received will enable me to make the best choices about what direction I wish to take for the future. In particular, developing my confidence should help me throughout my degree studies and other endeavours.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The structure was a good mix of time spent in a department working and information sessions. On the first day, there was a thorough induction with varied sessions. There were also opportunities to network with people from around the firm, including a brunch with partners which provided a really interesting insight.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was generally really good as everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The culture of the firm was emphasised both before and throughout the scheme, so it was good to experience the positive atmosphere in person. There were also lots of social events to look forward to after work.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

In my first week (Capital Markets), the tasks were less interesting but my buddy still spent a lot of time giving advice. In my second week (Corporate), I was exposed to more challenging tasks, such as writing a client bulletin, giving me the opportunity to really push myself. In addition, there were lots of training session throughout.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I was able to ask lots of questions about working at the firm, as well as experiencing the environment myself. 2 weeks, although brief, gave the opportunity to talk to lots of people about their experiences and try working in a few different departments in order to find out more about working at the firm.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

The trainees were honest about features such as work-life balance, the people they work with, and other elements of the culture. Ultimately, the picture was varied as different people had different experiences, so I think the firm would provide a good opportunity to explore varied cultures under the overall umbrella of being a generally friendly environment.


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The whole experience has ben extremely valuable and undertaking 2 different vacation schemes has allowed for a very useful comparison. The trainees in particular were very good at providing advice about how the firm's training could help for a future career, as well as providing honest comparisons with competing firms.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?