Vacation Scheme Student at Linklaters

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Administration/Secretarial

3.4/10

About You
2.0
The Organisation
4.7
Everything Else

3.0

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It was great to meet a group of new people, but the HR team at Linklaters were less than satisfactory.

I spoke to many Trainee Solicitors and to my surprise they were on the whole very miserable in their jobs. I would think that they enjoy earning so much money, but the consensus was that it just isn't worth the extremely late nights, mental struggle and being screamed at by Managing Associates and Partners.

1/10

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

Not at all.. The Vacation Schemers were given pithy tasks that were below even the most incompetent of students.

5/10

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

None

1/10

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

Absolutely none. They get one star because I now know how to photocopy better than I did before.

1/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

They score high marks here as the Vacation Scheme was extremely structured, so much so that the ability to sit down and actually work was hindered.

5/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Bland. The offices are dreary, you have to pay for EVERYTHING, and everyone is miserable.

1/10

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

Somewhat.

2/10

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 understand fully, and could not think of much worse than working at Linklaters full-time.

5/10

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

See above. Good insight that turned me off the firm.

5/10

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

Extremely extremely helpful! I will avoid them like the plague

10/10

Other Information

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

£400pw

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

A lot of networking opportunities.

5/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Standard

5/10

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

Ha! Nobody realistically has time for this. Good luck managing commute, sleep, eating, LIVING, 7.5 billable targets, reality of higher billable hours, never-ending deadlines, AND doing anything outside of work

1/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

No. Go and travel for four weeks. You might learn more about yourself and have more fun.

1/10

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